A solar car built and piloted by Iowa State University students ran into a little trouble today as it competes in race with other sun-powered cars across the country. Sarah Shay is the assistant director of the I-S-U “PrISUm Spectrum” car that racing in the American Solar Challenge. Shay says they had to haul the car on a trailer Tuesday after a problem with the solar array. She says they’ve torn the array apart and redone it, and now are trying to get the car going again. Shay says this wasn’t something they’d considered while planning and building the car. She says it was an unexpected problem that always seems to happen during a race. The team started the race today in Oklahoma with the car on the trailer once again, but Shay says they hope to get it working and running under its own power sometime today. Shay says putting the car on the trailer is a setback. She says you can put the car on the trailer and still stay in the race. The team does have to take a time penalty for each mile they haul the car on the trailer. Shay says the problems haven’t put the brakes on the team’s spirit. Shay says originally there was some tension and upset people, but she says everyone came together to help and fix the car. The I-S-U car is currently in 16th place in the 20 team race. There’s one week left as the teams race for California. For more information, visit www.americansolarchallenge.org.
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