Power Wheels Race Post Mortem (Part 1)

If you have been following our progress, two weekends ago the Red Mountain Makers attended the Atlanta Maker Faire to enter into the 2014 Power Wheels Racing Series race.  The races were on both Saturday and Sunday and there were about 16 teams.

We pushed hard to finish the project the last two weeks in September.  The battery cost was picked up by one of our sponsors Tools for A Time out of Jacksonville, FL (Thank you!). They gave us the three 12 volt motorcycle batteries we needed to put in series to make the 36 volts need to run our motor.

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Fiber Lab Basics

We’re almost ready to officially launch the Fiber Lab. I still have a few more equipment thingies to document (such as which machines use short shank feet and which use long – you really don’t want to use the wrong foot type!) and some supplies to purchase before we get going. I’m taking appointments for Member and Maker equipment certification after October 6th (this is to ensure that you know how to use the machines without breaking them – after that, go wild!). Email me directly to set up a time that is mutually convenient for both of us.

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Power Wheels Mod Project Update

Make sure Birmingham represents at the Atlanta Maker Faire – invest in T-Wrecks and get cool stuff from our Indiegogo Campaign

We’ve been truckin’ along on the Power Wheels mod this past week. As of today, we are 21 days from the Atlanta Maker Faire on October 4-5, 2014.  What pressure? The Red Mountain Makers have officially entered the Power Racing Series race as Team T-Wrecks #205.  Your team is given a limit of $500 and 1440 watts to modify a child’s Power Wheels vehicle for head to head racing against other makers, college students, and hard core electric car hobbyists.  From what I have learned so far, it is a fabulous way to cut your teeth on understanding the basics of how to build an electric vehicle.

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