Bike Friday Sponsored Electric Vehicle Hits The Track!
Recently we were presented with an opportunity to sponsor a group of local high school students who build and race electrically powered vehicles as an extra curricular activity. These students, who attend Willamette High School in Eugene, were familiar with Bike Friday in part because one of our bike builders, Mike C., had participated in the program himself back when he was in school and is described by the current students as: “a legend.” So when they asked if we would be able to help them out with some parts (the vehicles happen to use bicycle wheels and other components we have on hand), we were more than happy to oblige!
This past weekend the car went out for it’s first taste of the track and there was no shortage of excitement! Unfortunately, part of the way through the race a mechanical error from another car caused a crash that rendered theirs unable to continue. According to Jase Brooks, who built the vehicle: “Another car broke their steering and slammed us into a curb breaking quite a few things.” However, Brooks, who is currently a Senior and has been in the metalworking program since his sophomore year is not deterred. “We will gear up for the next race and do our best to win.”
Results aside, at the end of the day it’s amazing to see the next generation working on projects such as this. These skills are incredibly practical and it’s inspiring to see them working to solve problem such as maximizing efficiency for an electric vehicle. Bike Friday is glad to be able to support this program, hopefully it will lead to a better future for our community and the world at large!
I don’t think this is the last time we’ll see this vehicle will be put to the test, we will be sure to keep you updated with the latest on this project so stay tuned!
For more information about this event, here is an article from KVAL, a local news outlet.