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Get the first peek of B-7, Blue Sky Solar Racing’s newest solar vehicle

June 18, 2013

TORONTO, ON — The Blue Sky Solar Racing team is unveiling its newest state-of-art solar car, B-7, ready for the 3,000-kilometre race across the Australian outback. The University of Toronto based team will be heading Down Under this fall to compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge, promoting sustainable transportation technologies.

For the past 18 months, Blue Sky members have been designing and building B-7, a new solar- powered vehicle to race against over 40 other teams from around the globe. B-7 features the latest advancements in photovoltaic technologies, a brand new aerodynamic design, and improved vehicle dynamics systems, weighing about 20 per cent less than its predecessor. Due to drastic changes in race regulations this year, B-7 is the first U of T single-seater, four-wheeled solar car with an upright driver-seating position.

On June 28, you will get the first chance to see B-7 in action on the track, including introductions to the vehicle’s new features and a demonstration drive. You will also get the opportunity to meet and speak to the team members who designed and built the car as well as the team’s sponsors and supporters.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN: June 28, 2013

TIME: 1pm – 3pm

WHERE: Varsity Centre Field,
299 Bloor St. West, Toronto

How to get to Varsity Centre

Varsity Centre is located at 299 Bloor St. West on the southeast corner of Bloor St. and Devonshire Pl. (one block west of Avenue Rd/Queen’s Park) at the north end of the University of Toronto. Varsity Centre is easily accessible by public transit, just steps away from the St. George and Museum subway stations.

Parking

Metered street parking is available on Devonshire Place or at the St. George underground lot. For more information, contact the U of T parking office at 416.978.7275.

About Blue Sky Solar Racing

Blue Sky Solar Racing is a student-run organization whose goal is to design, build and race solar vehicles in international competitions. Nurturing innovation and best engineering practices, the team aims to provide students at University of Toronto with the opportunity to participate in a large-scale multidisciplinary engineering project that they would never experience inside a classroom. Our members span all disciplines in Engineering as well as various Arts and Science programs. The team began in 1997 with its first car “Blue Sky Project”; and has since participated in the World Solar Challenge in 2001, 2007 and 2011. Students who have participated in the project often go on to become top engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders in their fields.

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For more information, contact:
Tiffany Hu
Chief Advancement Officer
Tel: 416-455-5003
advancement.bluesky@utoronto.ca

For more information about World Solar Challenge: http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org