CCS students are pictured with their two electric cars. Both competed in the Beloit and Scott City, Kansas rallies. Cole Wiest, left, Logan Mendenhall and Joel DaMoude were in attendance at both locations. (Courtesy photo)

CCS students wrap up electric car racing season

    Chase County Schools (CCS)students attended a rally the week before in Beloit, Kansas.
    “Our spring racing season for the electric cars is complete following the rally at Scott City, Kansas on April 18,” said Kim Wilson, CCS science teacher and STEM advisor.
    Seven students involved in this project worked on the cars, she said.
    “The cars are expensive to build and maintain, so we only had two cars,” she added.
    Wilson said one of the cars is quite a bit longer than the other, so the taller students drove the longer one, and the shorter students drove the other one.
    Cole Wiest drove the number 02 car at both Beloit and Scott City, and Logan Mendenhall drove the number 11 car at both rallies, Wilson said.
    The other CCS students counted laps or worked as a pit crew when cars broke down.
    Wilson said they did not place in either rally, but they had a team best for total time.
    The rallies started early in the morning with check-in and weighing the drivers and ballast, a heavy material used for stability, she said. They must have a combined weight of 180 pounds.
    Each team takes a test of the rules followed by a safety inspection of the cars, she continued.
    “The heats are 60 minutes long. The object of the race is to complete the most laps in that time frame without expending all of the batteries before the end,” said Wilson.

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