The Semester’s First Test Drive

This past Sunday SoA embarked on its first test drive of the semester. The trailer used for previous vehicles was too narrow for TIGER, requiring the team to outfit an adequately sized trailer to transport TIGER to the test track and to upcoming events.

After installing a battery bank, mounting points and a winching system, the trailer (originally owned by the National Center for Asphalt Technology, NCAT) was ready to carry TIGER to NCAT’s testing facility.

Loading TIGER into our new trailer for the first time was fairly tedious, although the time spent aligning TIGER for the return trip was greatly reduced.

We were successful in meeting the day’s goals: driving ten laps at 35mph and another ten laps at 50mph — both using solely the diesel engine. Check out a video recorded from the passenger seat.

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