TORONTO, ON - August 15, 2007 - As part of Lenovo Canada's ongoing commitment to innovation, the company has announced a two year sponsorship of the Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team's 11th solar vehicle, Aurum. Lenovo PC technology has been used in the design and operation of Aurum which will compete in two major races over the next several months.
"Innovation is a fundamental value at Lenovo making this sponsorship very exciting for us" said Janice Dawes, Marketing and Strategy Executive, Lenovo Canada. "The equipment provided to the Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team has allowed Lenovo to participate in the performance of the car and the quality of its design."
Lenovo Canada's sponsorship package includes a Lenovo ThinkPad R60 which will be used for a number of strategic functions taking place in the scout vehicle throughout the races. The laptop will be used to log and gather data that measures conditions such as the weather, the angle of the road, the roughness of the road and the speed limits to determine the best speed for the vehicle. Simulations will also be run on the laptop to help determine the optimal competition strategy. As well, it will also be used to help the team communicate with satellite weather stations as a means to predict the weather and to help connect the team with their supporters back in Canada via satellite internet.
Lenovo Canada is also providing two desktop computers. A ThinkCentre A60 with a 17" ThinkVision L171 LCD monitor that is being used by the teams Electrical Manager to design circuit boards for the electrical and telemetry systems- two systems that are vital to Aurum's operation. The second PC, a ThinkCentre A55 with dual ThinkVision 17" L171 LCD monitors has been used throughout the design and high-end modeling phase of Aurum which has included testing the dynamics of the vehicle to determine if all vehicle components fit together. In addition this desktop computer has been used for crash testing, measuring the strength of the design and determining the feasibility of the vehicle, allowing to more effectively design both the current vehicle and future vehicles.
"The equipment provided by Lenovo Canada will enable us to perform mechanical and aerodynamic analyses in hours instead of days," said Jonathan Mash, Project Manager, Queen's University Solar Team. "Lenovo gave us a much-needed technology facelift."
The sponsorship will also help support the team in their quest to educate youth about renewable energy resources and to help inspire the pursuit of education in science, engineering and business.
The sponsorship package also includes a Lenovo C500 Projector and ThinkVision L201P LCD monitor that will be used at various events, presentations and conferences taking place over the next two years. An additional Lenovo ThinkCentre A60 and ThinkVision L171 LCD Monitor have been given to the team for general office use.
Aurum and the Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team will be departing shortly to take part in The North American Solar Challenge - a race that typically spans 4000 km of North America over ten days. In October, the team will be Down Under in Australia to take part in The Panasonic World Solar Challenge, the world's premier solar car competition.
For more information on the Queen's University Solar Vehicle please visit www.qsvt.ca .
About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca .
About Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team The Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team is a student-run design team at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The Team has designed, built, and raced solar-powered, electric vehicles since 1988 and is currently working on its 11th vehicle, for the 2007-2008 season. The team competes in two major races every two years. The North American Solar Challenge is held in the summer of every second year, typically spanning nearly 4000 km of North America over ten days. The Panasonic World Solar Challenge, the world's premier solar car competition, runs from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia, several months after the NASC. The Queen's Solar Vehicle Team has also competed in international competitions such as Sunrayce and the Canadian Solar Discovery Challenge. For more information, see www.qsvt.ca .