Fresh out of the Kelly Moss Motorsports garage, the University of Wisconsin EcoCAR team revealed its vehicle’s new paint design to the community last Saturday at an event held at Quaker Steak and Lube in Middleton, Wisconsin. The team’s EV1 vehicle and the Bucky Wagon also went along for the ride.
Formally a generic shade of tan, the hybrid team’s EcoCAR is now red, white and black. The vehicle’s colors matched the shirts the team wore at the event, creating a sea of Badger pride. Much to the team’s surprise, Kelly Moss Motorsports general manager Price Cobb, bodyshop manager Gary Kuehn, and body shop staff worker Justin Beach, dropped by to say hello.
“I think it’s really cool that Kelly Moss stopped by for a visit,” said senior mechanical engineering student, Stacey Ley. “They put a lot of time and resources into this project, free of charge, and we are very thankful for their contributions.”
After three weeks at Kelly Moss Motorsports, the team is happy to have its EcoCAR back and is ready to get to work.
“The next step for us is to turn this rolling chassis into a fully functional hybrid electric vehicle,” said team leader and senior electrical engineering student, Adam Richards. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are building on a great foundation.”
At the Quaker Steak and Lube event, lunch-goers stopped by to ask questions about the EcoCAR and the University of Wisconsin team was on hand to provide answers.
“Many people asked questions about the automotive industry,” said control team member and senior electrical engineering student, Ray Uhen. “They were excited about our technology and wanted to know why it’s not available today. We explained to them that at this point, our research and development is not cost-effective for full production.”