April 17, 2008 â€“Green Bay
Students from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are getting ready to put their new knowledge of alternative power to the test – by competing in a series of Wisconsin Electrathon racing events.
Wisconsin Electrathon, an electric vehicle competition for high school and college students, tests competitors on how far their electric cars can go in one hour.
To prepare for their racing debut at Road America later this month, the six electro-mechanical technology and automation engineering technology students will conduct a test run at noon, Sunday, April 20, on the NWTC Green Bay campus. Students plan to run the one-person car for about two hours on roads located within the campus.
About the car: Powered by automotive batteries, the one-person car can reach speeds of up to 25-38 miles per hour. The car is four feet wide by about ten feet long and is constructed from approximately 80 feet of aluminum tubing. Many bicycle components, including wheels and brakes, complete the car.
The NWTC students will compete with the electric car in a series of upcoming Wisconsin Electrathon events:
Â· April 27-28 Road America, Elkhart Lake
Â· April 29 Oostburg Road Rally, Oostburg
Â· May 3 Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna