Rutgers Solar Car Team 2018-2019
The Rutgers Solar Car Team
The Rutgers Solar Car Team is a student led design team tasked to finance, build, and race a solar-electric vehicle for racetrack and cross-country competitions. Team members are in charge of sourcing and building from scratch composite, electrical, and mechanical systems for a street-legal car driven by fellow students 1500+ miles at highway speeds over the course of a few days. In addition to the typical challenges, this journey is completed entirely on the vehicle's solar power! Our team has been fundraising, researching, and contributing towards the construction of Rutgers' first ever entry into the Formula Sun Grand Prix for over two years.
Building Our First Car
Since 2016, the team has been modeling components in CAD, attending race events in Texas and Nebraska, and buying small amounts of steel tubing, solar cells, and batteries whenever funds became available. Due in part to some exciting developments and discussions, we believe this year our team can compete in the July 2019 Formula Sun Grand Prix. This ambitious goal will require significant design and engineering work on our end and generous donations on yours. The financial resources you contribute will allow us to purchase large-ticket items such as our brushless DC hub motors, tires, and the remaining solar cells and batteries. You can follow our progress at http://solarcar.rutgers.edu or continue reading below to learn more about solar racing competitions.
Solar Car Competitions
- Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) http://americansolarchallenge.org/about/formula-sun-grand-prix/
- Solar Car Teams from colleges around the world come to race their cars in this annual weeklong competition. Each solar car must pass all of the regulations tested during the scrutineering period before being able to compete. Once on track, each team is challenged to finish as many laps as possible throughout the course of a day. The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a stepping stone for the long-distance American Solar Challenge.
- American Solar Challenge (ASC) http://americansolarchallenge.org/about/american-solar-challenge/
- The American Solar Challenge is a biennial race that spans 8-12 days. Unlike the FSGP, this competition tests focuses exclusively on long-distance endurance driving. The weather must be closely watched to account for fluctuations in solar irradiance, all rules of the road must be closely followed throughout the journey on rural and urban roads. The road conditions should be monitored, and the team must work closely together to overcome all of the challenges over the course of nine days.
- Bridgestone World Solar Challenge https://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/about_wsc/overview
- The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the premier international solar racing event. Established over 31 years ago, the biennial race follows the Australian Outback's Stuart Highway from Darwin to Adelaide; a distance of over 1800 miles through regions consistently over 95°F in the day!