Ready or Not, Eco Cars on the Road to Houston
Eco-team members, parents and industry advisors worked long hours and late nights this week getting the two new eco cars ready for shipment to Houston. The cars were loaded in the early morning hours on Friday April 18th. Along with the cars, tools and luggage were sent on the week-long journey to the Eco Marathon starting April 25th.
Spirits were high and an unexpected calm filled the shop late Wednesday and Thursday nights as the whole area buzzed actively with busy teams hard at work. Half the entire Green and Fife family clans worked together to get the beautiful green prototype car assembled for the ShopGirls.
With lots left to do, Dave Green joked that he was sending daughter Dansil to Houston in the trailer with the car. That way she could continue working on it while it is being shipped and have it all ready to go when the team arrives next week.
The Urban Auto car body was getting the top attached, sanded and taped Wednesday night. Instructor Michael Werner, covered in sawdust, jokingly commented, “I sure hope the body fits over the frame!” Machinist Ed Staheli laughed and replied, “We can just cut the frame to get it on.”
By Thursday, with the top on and the windshield being installed, engineering the door challenged industry advisor Matt Weaver and Michael Werner.
Students and advisors are forced to get creative to solve all kinds of problems in the fast production of these totally new cars. Many final touches will still need to be made in the Texas paddocks. Some final touches may never be finished, like painting the plywood stitched body of the Urban Auto car.
Good luck to both teams!