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OHIO SOLAR RACE CAR SPORTS A STRONG, LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME

 TROY, Ohio, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio's only entrant in Sunrayce '93, the "STC Solar Clipper" from Stark Technical College in Canton, Ohio, features an aircraft-quality aluminum frame, welded together with state-of-the-art technology. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Sunrayce '93 is a 1,000-mile road race of solar cars built by 35 colleges and universities. It begins in Dallas June 20 and travels through Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa to the finish line in Minneapolis-St. Paul June 26.
 The frame of the STC Solar Clipper is 6061 aluminum, similar to that used on aircraft, and welded with a Beta-Mig(R) 250 welding machine donated by Hobart Brothers Company. Based in Troy, Ohio, Hobart is a worldwide marketer of welding equipment and materials and other industrial products.
 "Aluminum is difficult to weld because it doesn't change color as it approaches the melting point," said Hobart District Manager Robert Carrothers. "Aluminum also conducts heat three to five times as fast as steel, depending on the specific alloy. This means that the metal must be pre-heated to a precise level for a precise period of time during the welding process."
 Hobart will also provide a portable Champion(TM) Combo welder for the Solar Clipper team to use for quick fix-ups during the race.
 To compete in Sunrayce '93, Stark Tech students submitted a proposal outlining how they would design, engineer, raise funds for and construct a solar-powered car.
 One of only two two-year colleges selected to participate in the race, Stark Tech will compete against some "big guns" in higher education, including Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.
 "Sunrayce is more than just a race or a showcase for the application of solar energy," said Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy J. Michael Davis. "It's designed to further the educational development of university engineering and science students across North America."
 Hobart Brothers Company is a privately held and family-managed company incorporated in 1917. Hobart manufactures welding products and advanced joining systems, filler metals, aircraft ground support systems, industrial battery chargers, and surfacing technology equipment.
 Champion is a trademark and Beta-Mig and Hobart are registered trademarks of Hobart Brothers Company, Troy, Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Carrothers, district manager of Hobart Brothers Company, 216-339-5561/


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