Tech inspection day

There are always bumps in the road. This is the event’s first year in Detroit and, for some first time teams, learning about the inevitable ups and downs.

One group was searching for a vehicle lost in shipping, another is dealing with sick team members, and broken parts are always a threat. Part of the experience is solving problems on the fly.

Transportation trouble

Students from the University of Texas at El Paso know it well. After nearly a year of hard work designing, engineering and building their car, it arrived with a potentially race-ending crack in the body. They’re staying optimistic. “We’re working on it and I think we’ll still be okay,” said Chris Mata, graduate student and seasoned Shell Eco-marathon Americas competitor. The 19 member team should have enough hands to fix the problem and still get ready for inspection.

The University of British Columbia team went the extra mile with packing and logistics to be sure their car made it to Detroit safely after a previous racer was destroyed during transport home from last year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Houston. They’re hopeful the new model will eventually pass technical inspection with no serious problems.