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Stanford Solar Car Project

Stanford Solar Car Project

Team overview

Stanford Solar Car Project

  • Car name

    Sundae

  • University

    Stanford University

  • Country

    United States

  • WSC class

    Challenger

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pass

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 12:51:51 Katherine 321.774
Day 2 Oct 9 14:57:27 Tennant Creek 986.718
Day 3 Oct 10 10:13:38 Barrow Creek 1209.717
Day 4 Oct 11 17:09:12 Kulgera 1765.894
Day 5 Oct 12 14:26:22 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 6 Oct 13 13:53:54 Port Augusta 2720.27
Day 7 Oct 14 9:44:54 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

Seven

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

We believe strongly in maximizing student learning while designing and building our car, which leads us to do all solar array encapsulation in house and run on custom motors. As much manufacturing as possible is done in-house. We also consider reliability and safety of the final design rather than focusing primarily on speed, paying special attention to car handling when possible. We believe that an undergraduate-built vehicle that emphasizes reliability is the best car, even if it is not the fastest.

What is unique about your solar car?

Our car is the most advanced vehicle ever built by SSCP. It has an all-new electrical system, fully redesigned battery pack, and deeply researched custom array encapsulation, and is the first vehicle in our team’s recent history with a separate topshell and trailing arm suspension. When it came time to design the aesthetics of the car, we sought to choose a color we had never seen on a solar car before, and so our car is pink.

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

WSC is a unique opportunity to exercise our car in the most intense way possible, truly proving its mettle and testing our team at the same time. The Outback is the ideal place to drive a solar car, and no other solar car race requires the same self-sufficiency and endurance of both the car and the race crew. Beyond that, our team loves the chance to immerse ourselves in the unique desert environment and to meet other people from around the world who care about the same things we do.

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

Our team is excited to see many, many Outback sunrises and sunsets.