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Solar Rollers race car results

Lining up for the start at the Energetics Education Solar Rollers Trophy Races, held May 30 at Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs.
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Thwarted by rain and clouds for the first go at it, the Solar Rollers energy education program made up for it in a big way this past weekend for a second running of the solar race car competitions.

Eleven student teams from area high schools participated in the event, held May 30 at Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs, after several events were rained out when the races were first scheduled for May 16 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

“The cars were very quick under intense sun and two of them even lifted off the ground during top speed runs, doing hydroplane-style backflips at top speed,” according to a news release from Energetics Education.



The Solar Rollers program works with high school teams to design, build and race sophisticated solar-powered remote-control cars. Students gain practical experience with solar circuits, lithium batteries, carbon fiber, brushless electric motors, programmable controllers and constant hands-on mechanical work.

Area schools that participated in Solar Rollers this year included Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork, Yampah Mountain, Aspen, Basalt, Battle Mountain, Grand Valley and Summit high schools. Some schools fielded multiple teams.

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Summit 2 won the overall event, followed by Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain 2.

Individual event winners were: Main Circuit Race, Summit 2; 20 Questions, Glenwood Springs; All-Out Top Speed, Glenwood Springs; PV-Direct Top Speed, Glenwood Springs; PV-Direct Circuit Race, Aspen; and Fastest Lap, Summit 2.


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