A lap around the track
Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University was one of the first teams headed toward the indoor track after making their engine slightly more fuel efficient and prepared for weather changes. Hailing from a colder region, they know the trick of heating the engine before hitting the course.
Right behind them, the only all-girls team in the competition, ShopGirls from Washington, made adjustments based on last years’ experience -- making their car stronger and easier to steer. The team planned to practice coasting and wider turns. “That’s a big part of our strategy,” said team leader Dansil Green.
Ruston High School hit a typical snag on its first try. Despite successful testing back home in Louisiana, at trackside in Detroit the engine wouldn’t run. Back in their paddock they found the problem, fixed it and headed back out. This time it worked perfectly.
Sitting on the Sidelines
Some teams are a lot farther from getting onto the track. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s team had shipped their Prototype vehicle here on a boat but the engine wasn’t allowed through customs. They had to buy a new engine online and have it shipped to Detroit. It’s meant a lot more work, but they still hope to compete on the weekend.
Teams start lining up to make their first official mileage runs on the Shell Eco-marathon Americas track through downtown Detroit at 8:00 Saturday morning.