SUNY Broome Electrical Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Gary DiGiacomo, the IEEE Club and EET seniors are once again gearing up to compete in the Toyota Green Grand Prix on Friday, April 13. Coming off a big win last year, expectations are high.
The Green Grand Prix features an endurance race on the famous Watkins Glen International race track and an autocross to test handling, maneuverability and driver skills. The event promotes environmentally friendly vehicles through competitive motorsports and educational activities.
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The team will be racing a re-purposed ¾-size electric Vantage Green Van, which has been improved upon since last year. The van, once used by SUNY Broome’s Maintenance department, was out of commission and about to be sold off at the Broome County auction. DiGiacomo championed the idea of acquiring the van to be used as a student project. This year, the van is sporting lots of new instrumentation: A custom voltage display panel, a custom dash display, a power meter, side view mirror cameras, and a GPS.
This data will help the team more accurately monitor the batteries and associated systems, and allow them to get a more accurate MPGe rating.
Modifications have also been done to improve stability for the autocross.
Custom LED tail lights have also been installed to decrease power usage and improve visibility and safety.
The team is proud to announce that the van has been charged using 100% renewable energy sourced by solar power.
The team would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support: BAE Systems, Raymond Corporation, GenTherm, Redbarn and HackerThreads.
For more info on the Green Grand Prix visit: http://www.greengrandprix.com/