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Factory Five 818

The EVX Team's main project for 2014 is the construction of the new Factory Five 818 as our latest competition car. 

A number of students will be adding their research, photos, and videos about the build. Read our blogs to learn more.

The 818 Factory Five project is the build of a biodiesel fueled car. It is special because it is our own environment friendly race car. This is the first race car being built in the Workshop School.It is a component kit car manufactured by Factory Five Racing in Massachusetts. Besides being fast, it is safer for the environment.

It came with cardboard boxes holding the body panels, shocks, suspension, hoses, nuts, bolts, and washers, steering wheel, and many more parts. They also sent a tubular steel frame and the body which is made of fiberglass.

There are different groups working on different parts of the car. The groups are divided by the two classes at the Workshop School -- collision and technical. I am in the collision class and there are three groups in our class: the roof, interior, and exterior. We had to design a type of roof and came to the decision that it was going to be a t-top roof. We had to design a roof because it is a convertible and if it rains or snows we are done for.

The Technology class has three groups as well -- engine, steering and suspension, and electrical. Students in the technology class removed brake lines, calipers, steering wheel, brake, gas, and clutch pedals, and other components from the donor car, a 2005 Subaru Imprezza WRX, which we bought after it was wrecked in a crash.

The next challenge we have is how do we get more people interested in our project. We would like you to follow this blog and register to comment. We also plan to post videos to show more of what we are doing.

Simon Hauger is the Principal of the Workshop School, a project-based high school in the School District of Philadelphia. Simon has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Science in Instruction from Drexel University. In 1998, he began the innovative Electric Vehicle Program where he led students in designing, building, and competing with alternative fuel vehicles. Through the Team's participation in the Automotive X PRIZE Simon was able to show the world the potential of the students to whom he has dedicated his career. In 2010, President Barack Obama recognized the accomplishments of Simon and the EVX Team. In 2011, Simon co-founded, the Sustainability Workshop, an alternative senior year program for students from three School District of Philadelphia public high schools that operated as a partnership with the School District, the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub and Drexel University. The Workshop was located at The Navy Yard in South Philly. After the success of the Sustainability Workshop, the School Reform Commission established the Workshop School as a grades 9 through 12 high school where students continue to build cutting edge alternative fuel vehicles with Simon’s guidance.

Ann Cohen serves as the Manager of the EVX Team and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Workshop School’s non-profit partner Project Based Learning, Inc. In 2008 she retired from a long career as an AFSCME Union President representing City of Philadelphia employees. In her capacity with the Union, Cohen spearheaded the successful Joint AFSCME and City of Philadelphia Internship and Apprenticeship Program that, since 1993, has worked with scores of high school students. The Apprenticeship Program has moved over fifty (50) high school students into full time city employment in the Office of Fleet Management. Prior to her involvement with the EVX Team, she built the first passive solar house in the city of Philadelphia. She also serves on the Occupational Advisory Committee for the Workshop School’s Automotive programs of study.

Jeremy is the owner of Ezodesign and designed this website. Ezodesign has developed web applications and user interfaces for several Fortune 500 companies and designs for small to medium size businesses and non-profit organizations. Jeremy was a member of the Progressive Automotive X Prize team and works with his church's high school youth group when he's not spending time with his beautiful wife and 3 sons in Media, PA.

Michael Lumb started working on cars at Simon Gratz high school. He entered the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Fleet Management (OFM) Internship program in the 11th grade . Mr. Lumb worked for over 15 years for OFM where he became an Auto Body Technician. Michael is currently the teacher of the auto body class at the Workshop School. He is also responsible for all the body work for the 818 project. He and his class are also designing and building a T-Top roof for the car.

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