With only electricity to power them, 25 cars from 12 schools in Kansas and Nebraska took part in the seventh annual High Plains Rally on Oct. 14 at Fort Hays State University.
Six schools took part in the experimental class race. Great Bend High School took first with 91 laps. Ulysses High School placed second with 88 laps and Mulvane High School took third with 86. Ulysses took fourth with 83 laps and Wichita South High School placed fifth with 36 laps. Deerfield High School also took part in the experimental race.
Nineteen cars raced in the two standard races. Two cars from North Platte High School, North Platte, NE, took first and third with 95 and 93 laps. Second and fourth went to Scott City High School with 94 and 90 laps. Fifth, sixth and seventh went to Deerfield High School with two cars finishing 80 laps and one with 74. Other schools that raced were Wichita South High School with 66 laps, Great Bend High School with 65, Hays High School with 64 and 56 and Lucas-Luray High School with 53.
Two cars from Goodland High School did 52 laps and one did 6, LaCrosse High School completed 45, Wichita South 41, Mulvane High School 28 and Campus High School 5.
" The weather was cold at first but it warmed up nicely later in the day," said Joseph Chretien (kray-tee-EN), assistant professor of technology studies.
To qualify for the race, a school's car must have met Eltectrathon America standards. For the standard class that means the car could have no more than 64 pounds in batteries and a half-horse electric motor.
" What makes this a really good competition is the actual design of the car is different for every school," said Chretien. "They can adjust the design to give them an advantage."
Cars in the experimental class had the same battery rules as the standard class, but they can use different types of motors and add solar panels.
" They can use solar panels to help the battery out and if it?s a sunny day it works out. If it's not a sunny day it doesn?t work out so well," Chretien said.
The cars in both classes also have to carry a minimum load of 180 pounds, meet stability standards and have two automatic stop switches. If the drivers do not meet the weight requirement, ballast must be added.
FHSU students enrolled in TECS 120, Power, Energy and Transportation, members of the Technology Education Collegiate Association and Epsilon Pi Tau members all played a part in the High Plains Rally. Helping with the Rally as part of a service learning project students were there to apply what they have learned from classes by acting as race inspectors, course marshals and registrars.
" The students really like it a lot because they get to get out of the classroom and apply what they learn in power and energy to running the race," said Chretien.
FHSU students working the rally are listed below by hometown and classification:
Anthony: David Dieker, senior.
Cheney: Russ Flinn, sophomore.
Cimarron: Josh Adams, senior.
Dighton: Brent Moomaw, sophomore.
Ellinwood: Nick Grubbe, freshman.
Ellis: Smantha Wolf, junior.
Hays: Justin Ice, freshman, and Matt Allen, junior.
Larned: Adam Hewson, senior.
Lyons: Torrey Lattin, sophomore.
McCracken: Chase Rogers, freshman.
Ness City: Matt Kraft, freshman.
Otis: Travis MacDonald, sophomore.
Peabody: Dan Yoder, freshman.
Phillipsburg: Mitch Beard, freshman.
Pueblo, CO: Justin Barr, sophomore.
Satanta: Junior Padilla, junior.
Seward: Ben Fanshier, freshman.
Stockton: Chance McKinney, senior.