2018 Solar Car Regulations
Please have a careful read of the official 2018 national AIMSC model solar car regulations above. The Tasmanian competition will run according to these for the most part and participants should become familiar with the entire document.
A few important modifications have however been introduced by the Tasmanian Committee to make for a simpler state competition. Teams selected to compete at the nationals in Sydney will then be assisted to comply with the AIMSC regulations in full.
Important Rule Changes for the Tasmanian Championships
The key changes to the Tasmanian event are detailed as follows.
Sections 3.1 & 5.3
There is no limit to the number of cars a school can enter. The Tasmanian event does not have a maximum of 32 entries and is held on a single day of competition. A group of 2 or more students is permitted to enter multiple cars as long as each entry can be assigned at least one unique student. Teamwork and helping one another out is encouraged.
Racing will be conducted as a series of round robins and each car will take part in many rounds of competition. Cars will then be ranked on their number of race wins for finals participation.
Sections 3.3 & 6
Teams are not required to submit a multimedia video presentation or be expected to participate in any random interviews at the Tasmanian competition. This will only apply to teams selected to attend the national finals. A knowledge test questionnaire may however need to be completed and will be marked by an engineer on the committee.
The design parameters of the car specifications in Section 8 have been left unchanged but the following modifications will apply for racing at the Tasmanian event.
1) The ballasting disparity between cars racing with or without electronics will be removed. ALL cars will run with either a full or empty 200ml juice box and teams will need to bring both options along to the event. Teams must design their cars to be capable of racing in either scenario and the committee will announce which of the two will be used on the day of the event.
2) Teams competing in the Tasmanian event will need to provide their own 60g eggs for racing. These may be hardboiled to prevent any mess during a crash.