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Stanford Solar Car Project

Stanford Solar Car Project

Team overview

Stanford Solar Car Project

  • Car name

    Black Mamba

  • University

    Stanford University

  • Country

    United States

  • WSC class

    Challenger

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pending

How many times has your team participated in the event?

Black Mamba is the 14th solar car that our team has designed. Although, not all of these cars have raced at BWSC, some opting for races in America or Japan.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

This design cycle, we focused a lot on an openness to new ideas within our core engineering team. We knew we were going in a very different direction with this car, compared to our team's earlier work, so our philosophy was to really allow ourselves to explore with the design, while still respecting our overarching values on design safety and teaching within the team.

What is unique about your solar car?

From a purely design standpoint, we think our decision to combine the asymmetrical layout of many of the catamaran cars with a single fairing design is going to be unique this year.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

Our team really values the community that this challenge leads us to create, both within our team and with other teams! It's rare to find so many people with a passion for engineering and sustainability in one place, and our team members find many of their closest friends through solar cars. We like participating in the BWSC because at the end, we feel like we've been challenged to grow significantly as engineers, and we've developed friendships so strong that the team feels more like a family than a student group.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

We're excited to see all the stars and the Milky Way over the Outback at night! With regards to the race itself, we're really looking forward to meeting other teams and seeing everyone's cars in Darwin.