Light Speed II was designed and constructed by the academy in 2000, 2 years after the first Light Speed. As a newer and improved model of its predecessor, Light Speed II went on to participate in the ZEV Challenge.
Light Speed II was designed with hydraulic disk brakes and a Solectra DC Brush Type Permanent Magnet motor. LAAE constructed the vehicle’s frame from carbon fiber and dual layer Nomex Honeycomb core material. Measuring 116 x 36 x 22 inches, Light Speed II recorded an average speed of 25-30 mph and a maximum speed of 40 mph.
Building off the successes and failures of the previous Light Speed, Light Speed II served as an improved and more efficient solar vehicle. The vehicle competed in the ZEV Challenge, in which it displayed an average speed of 42 MPH.
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