Acceleration & Anxiety

A young guy stomps the accelerator and speeds off in a vehicle. But this isn’t a college kid drag racing his car in a parking lot. This is serious business.  Abram Harder from the North Carolina State team is putting his EcoCAR vehicle to the test for the judges. They are timing how fast he can accelerate from 0-60 and from 50 to 75.

Powerful and fast acceleration is not only fun, it’s an important aspect of a vehicle that is being sold to the public. And of course, EcoCAR vehicles are no different.  The acceleration event is an important part of determining how well these vehicles have been built, and how appealing they would be to a future consumer.

While the team is still waiting on the final results, the preliminary data seems to indicate that the North Carolina team was able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just over 10 seconds, pretty impressive for a roomy SUV that weighs approximately 5,000 pounds.  Now that the first teams have been through the event, students from other teams gather around the scoreboard, where the acceleration times for each team have been posted. They joke with each other about how their vehicle will easily do much better than NC State’s. But their laughter is a little nervous; it’s easy to boast before your vehicle is out on the track. Time will tell, as many more teams begin to enter the acceleration event today.

NC State was one of the first teams to participate in the acceleration event.