Thursday, October 21, 2010
Principia’s newest solar car, Ra 7, finished in second place in NASC 2008 last year. As we approach our next race, we are excited to test the new modifications we have made to the car on the largest stage solar car racing has to offer, WSC 2009. Despite the college’s lack of an engineering department, Ra 7 is custom built by Principia students in majors ranging from physics and computer science to English and graphic design.
Now, you might be asking yourself, why “Ra”? What does that mean? Ra, in fact, was the ancient Egyptian god of the sun. Appropriately, Ra’s symbol was the falcon, representing not only Ra 7’s source of energy, but also her speed, agility, and precision.