General Meetings open to the public:
Tuesday at 7:00PM
Sunday at 3:00PM
All meetings held at 1322 "Old" Sweeny unless otherwise announced
Welcome to Team PrISUm
Team PrISUm is a multidisciplinary, student-run organization at Iowa State University (ISU) which designs, builds, and races solar powered electric vehicles across the United States every few years in the American Solar Challenge. Outreach and education are also important aspects of our project as we work to raise awareness about solar energy and efficient transportation. Don't hesitate to email us if you would like to have our solar car at an event.
This project would not be possible without our current and past sponsors. We encourage you to take a look at our sponsorship page and download a copy of the corporate sponsorship packet or an adopt-a-cell form to find out how you can help us pave the way towards a future in renewable energy!
Team PrISUm takes 3rd place!
This year's Formula Sun Grand Prix turned out to be an amazing race, as we expected, but what we didn't expect were the results:
Oregon State: 1st place - 193 laps
Illinois State: 2nd place - 192 laps
Iowa State: 3rd place - 191 laps
Total time between 1st place and 3rd place - less than 10 minutes. In 3 full days of racing, it really was that close. Principia and Western Michigan were also contenders for the top spot, coming in not far behind Team PrISUm.
Team PrISUm's Anthelion Races on the Indy Track - May 10, 2011
Team PrISUm just returned from a great week of solar car racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We were competing in the 2011 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) among a field of 10 solar car teams from universities around the United States. Our race crew consisted of a healthy mix of veterans from the 2010 American Solar Challenge and new team members. Everyone put forth their best effort in overcoming the obstacles we faced and ensuring that Anthelion was ready to race each morning.
Scrutineering went relatively smoothly since it's the second time Anthelion has been through the ropes. We were the 6th team to qualify. During our first day of racing, we noticed a crack in the frame that forced us off the track for the second half of the day. The next morning, we were back on the track and making up lost time and pushing the car to its limits. The tight turns around the track along with the good weather made it hard for us to put a dent in the car's battery pack. By the end of the second day, we were solidly in fourth place.
The last day of racing started out with some rain that slowed all the cars down but as afternoon hit, the weather improved and for the finale of the race, we drove Anthelion as fast as our drivers felt comfortable around the track. Team PrISUm was in third place for the third day lap totals, but this wash't enough to affect our overall placing. Nevertheless, team members are proud of our 4th place finish and we were thrilled to be able to push Anthelion hard throughout the race without any serious electrical issues with our next generation circuit boards. This has been the team's most successful race since P8 Fusion in 2005!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at the track and to all of our great sponsors who made our entrance in FSGP 2011 possible. For a more detailed account of the event, you can check out our race blog.
Spring 2011 Sundial - April 20, 2011
Team PrISUm just finished it's latest Sundial newsletter for the spring semester. This edition details our efforts in preparing for the upcoming Formula Sun Grand Prix race as well as design features of our next generation car that will be completed in spring 2012.
P11 Design Review - April, 16, 2011
On April 16, 2011 at 1:00PM, Team PrISUm held it's design review for Iowa State's 11th generation solar car, currently referred to as P11. We were happy to host a number of team alumni from past projects to gather their input on our current state of design. We received some great information that will assist in making final optimizations to the vehicle design. Feel free to send us an email with any questions or comments.
New Team Leadership - March 27, 2011
Congratulations to Evan Stumpges, John O'Grady, and Joel Eakins who were elected as Project Director, Assistant Project Director, and Treasurer respectively for the Fall 2011 leadership team! Team PrISUm looks forward to their leadership as we continue to strive for the best car possible at the 2012 American Solar Challenge.
Mold Construction Begins for New Solar Car - March 24, 2011
Team PrISUm has begun to build the body molds for Iowa State's 11th generation solar car using high density polyurethane foam donated by Coastal Enterprises. This is inline with our goal of having the molds machined a semester ahead of last project. A large part of the team strategy for this project is accelerating the solar car build cycle to facilitate more testing time before the 2012 American Solar Challenge. Harlow Aerostructures in Wichita, KS has kindly agreed to machine our molds again for this project in May. This puts us on track for laying up the body early in the Fall semester.
Team members are also working very hard to finish the suspension and frame design for the new car so that parts can be machined and the frame can get welded over the summer. The electrical team has redesigned half of the boards on the car for use on Anthelion in the upcoming FSGP 2011 race and these boards will be carried over to the next generation car along with a brand new battery protection system. All things considered, we are feeling very good about how things are shaping up for the 11th generation car.
PrISUm Enters FSGP 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - February 9, 2011
Team PrISUm is proud to announce that we will be racing our tenth car, Anthelion, in Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2011. The event will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 2nd through 7th. The first three days are reserved for scrutineering, which all teams must pass before they are allowed to compete. The track race will take place from Thursday to Saturday. During this time all teams will compete head to head to see who can make the most laps in the three day period. There are currently there 11 teams registered for the competition, including the University of Minnesota, which placed 3rd in the 2010 American Solar Challenge.
Our team members are hard at work making improvements to the Anthelion's electrical system, which gave us a number of issues in 2010. We are prototyping several new electrical boards for the car including a redesigned Power Board and Pre-charge system. In the coming month we plan to rewire much of the car to incorporate these new boards and address a number of durability issues with the original wiring of the car. Some mechanical systems are also recieving improvements including the canopy latching and steering mechanisms.
Stay tuned for updates as the race draws closer. We hope you can come out and support us in Indianapolis. Feel free to email us with any questions.
New Sundial Newsletter - February 1, 2011
Our Fall 2010 Sundial Newsletter is now available as a free PDF download on our website. If you have donated to our team recently, your copy of the newsletter should be arriving shortly.
We are fortunate to have a large number of team members who are currently working very hard to finish the design of our 11th generation solar car. We have set an aggressive timeline for this project to ensure that we have sufficient time for testing our vehicle before competition, which has been a week point of our past two vehicles. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months as construction begins.
Project 11 Underway - September 10, 2010
Team PrISUm has had a busy summer starting with the completion of our latest car, Anthelion, and the 2010 American Solar Challenge competition. After the race, we set to work moving into our new office space. Summer came to a close with our participation in the Iowa State Fair and the beginning of the fall semester.
We are pleased to announce that regulations for the 2012 American Solar Challenge were released on September 1st. The biggest change is that Gallium Arsenide solar cells have been banned and everyone is limited to 6 square meters of Silicon solar cells. We applaud this change as it should help level the playing field and will make it easier for lower budget teams to field highly competitive cars. Hopefully this will generate a new interest in the competition from beginning solar car teams as well as old teams that have not built a car recently.
Several of our team leaders were around for the full duration of Project 10 and they are sticking around to help ensure that we avoid past mistakes and build on the success of our previous car with Project 11. In addition to a number of returning members from last year, we have lots of new members who are eager to have a part in the development of our next generation car. Stay tuned for more information as we get further into the design stage of the project.