This is a post on the 3Hit Site.
Since 1991, the student-run Solar Vehicle Project at the University of Minnesota has been designing highly energy-efficient solar vehicles. Their latest creation, a sleek silver 4-wheeled vehicle seemingly out of pure science fiction, was put through paces in a 3,000-kilometer trek across Australia; and most recently finished second in cross-country race the 2014 American Solar Challenge.
The various teams within the Solar Vehicle Project work together from design to construction and the actual race. The students’ expertise varies from aerodynamics, solar arrays and electrical and mechanical engineering to business strategy. They work together to ensure the car is lightweight, fast, safe, and above all, highly energy efficient.