Solar Cars & Races
Sol of Auburn
What started as an idea for a Mechanical Engineering senior project to build a small remote-control solar-powered car has mushroomed into a the largest undergraduate engineering project ever undertaken a Auburn University.
California State University, LA
With an award for its aerodynamic design, Solar Eagle 1 placed first in California and fourth in the Nation during the GM Sunrayce. More in the make...
California University, Berkeley
CalSol is the UC Berkeley solar vehicle team, a completely student-run organization.
Principia Solar Car
It combines aircraft composite construction with satellite grade solar cells, and solid lithium-polymer batteries - all based on an ultra-light aluminum space frame chassis.
Founded in 1998, the Northwestern University Solar Car Team is an undergraduate student organization composed of students and faculty advisors from the broad range of engineering disciplines at Northwestern University working together to design, build, and race solar electric vehicles for competition in the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun races.
Iowa State University
One of the main goals of Team PrISUm is to educate the community about solar energy. Throughout the year we participate in several outreach events, listed below, to talk to various groups of people at schools, businesses, and public venues.
The MIT SEVT recently released Tesseract, the first in a new family of cars that take advantage of space-grade solar cells and the ISF 5000 regulations. Tesseract placed third in the 2003 World Solar Challenge across the Australian Outback.
The Michigan Solar Car Team is a non-profit, student run organization whose purpose is to design, finance, build and race a solar powered vehicle in several competitions across the US and the World.
The U of M Solar Vehicle Project was founded by a group of undergraduates in the Institute of Technology in 1990. The team survived and completed Aurora I in just three years to compete in the 1993GM Sunrayce.
The Solar Knights are a group of young, dedicated engineering students. Started in 1990, the goal of the Solar Knights has been to develop and build a vehicle capable of transporting a human being over vast distances using only what energy is given off by the sun to power a fast, efficient and very environmentally-friendly car.
Makers of Solar Rolar, Dakota Sun, Dakota Heat, Solar Wind, Shock Hazard, ... solar cars.
Rice University Solar Car Team
The Rice University Solar Car team is an interdisciplinary group consisting of students from the various engineering disciplines, from the natural sciences, and from the social sciences and humanities as well.
University of Toronto – Blue Sky Solar Racing
Blue Sky Solar Racing is made up of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni volunteers from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, the Faculty of Arts & Science, and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
A non-profit association, regrouping several engineering students from different disciplines at Montreals cole Polytechnique. The first car, Esteban I, participated to the American Solar Challenge 2001.
Netherlands, TU Delft University
Nuna 2 is a solar car. In fact, she is the World Champion solar car, for it has won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2003. Top speed: 170 km/h, or +100mph
Umicore Solar Team
The Umicar solar car will be the first Belgian car to participate in the Australian WSC (2005).
Asia & Australia
Japan (some of these sites are only available in Japanese)
Solar Powered Cars – Other than universities & schools
Melbourne based non-profit Aurora Vehicle Association Inc developed this record-breaking solar car. A volunteer group of young enthusiasts, Aurora has existed since 1980.
Solar Cars – Races
A competition to design, build and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event.
The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.
Australian World Solar Challenge
In existence since 1987, the World Solar Challenge entrants will traverse more than 3,000km of the Australian continent from tropical Darwin to balmy Adelaide, in cars powered by nothing more than the sun.
2006 World Solar Rally
The exciting route that will be traveled will lead teams past landmarks and cultural destinations including the Shueishang Tropic of Cancer Park in Chia-yi, Lukang Tienhou Temple in Changhua, Da-Jai as Jenlan Temple in Taichung, Chulu Pasture in Taitung, and Fong Kong in Pintong.
Model Solar Powered Car Races
The U.S. Department of Energy's Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Program is a classroom-based, hands-on educational program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. JSS student teams apply math, science, and creativity to construct model solar-powered cars and race them in interscholastic competitions hosted within their schools or within their states or regions.
Fuel Efficient Car Races (Incl. Fuel Cell Cars & Hybrids)
The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE is a ten million dollar international competition to create an economically viable vehicle that averages more than 100 miles per gallon equivalent, and can be sold in units of ten thousand or more.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual fuel-economy competition organized and/or supported by various Shell companies across Europe. Results have improved from a few hundred miles per gallon to the 2001 World Record of 10240 mpg by team Fancy Carol NOK of Japan.
The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is open to carmakers, universities, public or private companies and research institutes who wish to participate with production or prototypes / concept vehicles.
The Supermileage competition provides engineering and technology students with a challenging design project that involves the development and construction of a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle. Vehicles are powered by a small four-cycle engine.
Green Grand Prix
The Green Grand Prix is an educational and competitive event in Watkins Glen, NY. Our Road Rally has now been named THE DORIS BOVEE MEMORIAL ROAD RALLY. Doris Bovee was an environmental enthusiast and our road rally is a tribute to her.
Solar Cars & Races - Free listings
Long Beach Solar Grand Prix
In this race, students, grade 6-12, are invited to design and build a solar-powered model car that will complete a race in the shortest possible time using the available power. The Solar Grand Prix challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles.
Delft Univeristy of Technology
Formula Student team of the Delft University of Technology designs and builds its own electric race cars to compete in the Formula Student competitions.