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Checking any bags? UAF Avoids Shipping Costs
From Anchorage to Minneapolis and Minneapolis to Houston, four teams from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) traveled, in all, 12 hours to compete in Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012. For some teams across the Americas, packing up their vehicles for a road trip in a rented truck isn’t an option.
Facing high shipping costs, the teams decided that it would be more cost-effective to pay the oversized luggage fees and check their cars in parts on the plane with them. Two of their four cars, including one diesel vehicle, have never been assembled before. Upon arrival in Houston, the teams began building their cars in the paddock area.
While some may view these last minute builds as crazy, the UAF teams are fully confident that the cars will pass inspection. The students have tested their theories for the cars on a computer, and they are continuing to work hard to be ready for each run.