July 4, 2018 • Written by SpaRRCky
SpaRRCky and Red River College recently participated in the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)’s 2nd Biennial Technology Innovation Forum. The event took place in Montreal from June 21 to 22 and focused on Low Carbon Smart Mobility.
Team Leaders Ari and Bin showcased SpaRRCky to a number of interested participants and Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC was part of the panel session “The Future of Electric Transit Innovation in Canada: Research & Development Needs”.
While there, SpaRRCky and the team won some new fans – including Josipa Petrunić, Executive Director & CEO of CUTRIC, who has invited the team to speak at the next forum.
Both Bin and Ari were interviewed (here) and (here) at the event and have shared the photos below:
April 30, 2018 • Written by SpaRRCky
After two and a half years of hard work, a team of Mechanical Engineering Technology students have landed Red River College on the Shell Eco-marathon’s leaderboard for the first time.
The team placed 14th in the battery-electric category at the Sonoma, California event, where they were one of only 55 teams (out of the 100 teams competing) who passed inspection and made successful runs on the track.
“I feel very proud of the team. It’s been a huge commitment and it was amazing to watch SpaRRCky (the College’s battery-electric vehicle) every time it lapped around us on the track,” says Bin Yang, who was the RRC team’s manager until he graduated last December.
Behind the wheel of the car was RRC Automotive Technician student Daren Nuevo, whose teammates described her as “fearless” in the driver’s seat.
“I was more eager to drive the car than I was nervous, and once I was on the road it was more exciting than I imagined,” Nuevo says about the experience. “Time after time the team worked extremely hard, fast and efficiently to meet the inspection requirements, and throughout all the hiccups that came about.”
Those hiccups — including a broken motor, a blown fuse and a loose wheel — were seen by the team as opportunities to make quick repairs on the fly. Using the skills they learned while designing and building SpaRRCky at the College, they were able to stay calm and work together in the moment.
“A lot of the teams end up working together to help each other out,” says Yang, who now works at RRC as a research assistant. “We lent out tools and nuts and bolts to a few teams and were lucky to borrow a few things from other teams. Especially the team from Universidad de La Sabana (in Colombia) who were able to lend us a spare motor.”
To get on the leaderboard, the team had to complete seven laps in under 26 minutes.
“Daren was just flying by,” says Yang. “After we made the fixes we just wanted to make sure we completed a successful run and then worry about strategy later, so she was lapping every car.”
Over the next year, the team will recruit new members to continue testing and making improvements to the vehicle. Their goal is to return to the competition in 2019 with a new strategy that will allow the car to go further using less energy.
“We made it work, and now we can make it better,” says Yang.
The Shell Eco-marathon finds students teams — from high schools, colleges and universities across North and South America — designing, building and racing cars that aim to go the furthest distance while using the least amount of energy.
The RRC team’s success would not have been possible without the generous support from their sponsors: CARIC (Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada), CTTAM (Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba), NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) via the Vehicle Technology Centre, Custom Castings, MPG Sports and Red River College.
You can continue to follow their progress over the coming year on Facebook.
(Photo credit: Ari Robinson)
November 30, 2017 • Written by SpaRRCky
The student team behind a battery-powered car named SpaRRCky successfully tested their car on Tuesday, November 28. The team designed and built the car for the Shell Eco-Marathon, which they are vying to compete in.
Watch the car in action here.
November 21, 2017 • Written by SpaRRCky
Move over, Princess Peach – there’s a new racer in town. Twenty-three-year-old Automotive Technician student Daren Nuevo will soon be getting behind the wheel of SpaRRCky, Red River College’s battery-electric racecar. Read More →
October 11, 2017 • Written by SpaRRCky
Are you a Red River College student interested in getting into the driver’s seat of an electric car?
We’re seeking a driver and backup driver to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon, taking place in California, April 19-22, 2018.
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October 10, 2017 • Written by SpaRRCky
The shop-floor was filled with energy last week as a team of Red River College students unveiled their Shell Eco-Marathon racecar to the college President and regional media.
“This is one of the best examples of applied learning,” said Red River College President, Paul Vogt. “When you combine industry-led training, with highly motivated students, and faculty expertise, you can achieve great things.”
View photos of the event and the team at work HERE. Read More →