Tagged * Stanford Solar Car Project™

Spring Break: Heatin’ Up

By Sarah Spaugh Happy Monday! For readers not in tune with Stanford’s academic schedule, today is the first day of spring break, or as we call it at SSCP, Composites Week! VAIL shop manager Larry drove to Mount Vernon, WA to pick up our molds! Kenyon unloading The team had a crazy last couple weeks…

Notes from a long Aero winter

By Sarah Spaugh The team is excited to shake off a long period of radio silence and share that we’ve successfully wrapped up the aerodynamic design of our upcoming 2019 competition vehicle! Aero team members Sam Kim, Isabella Rios, Kathleen Miller & Julia Gordon, led by co-leads Jason Trinidad & Yuji Sugimoto, worked long hours…

World Solar Challenge 2017

By Kelsey Josund Crossing the finish line We made it! After six and a half harrowing days in a race with some of the worst weather in World Solar Challenge history, we have crossed the continent and made a successful top-ten finish. First control stop with all of the top 10 finishers present We started…

Stanford Solar Car has arrived in Australia!

By Roman Decca The Stanford Solar Car team has arrived in Australia and our car finally cleared customs & quarantine yesterday! Going forward, we’ll be doing pre-race testing with our race crew of 20 until the race, the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which starts October 8. In mid-September, we’re moving from our current station…

Testing Sundae

By Kelsey Josund Our team motto is “Test it again”, and we’ve certainly been trying to do that! For Sundae we decided to shift our test schedule so race crew training, strategy model validation, and other testing are biased towards Australia. Nothing prepares you for driving through the Outback in a race like driving through…

Introducing Sundae

By Kelsey Josund On Saturday July 1 we unveiled our 2017 car, Sundae. The team surrounds Sundae just after revealing the car It is the smallest car this team has ever built in accordance with the new rules for the 2017 World Solar Challenge, which only allow for four square meters of silicon solar cells,…

Thanks to the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy!

By Clare Tandy Stanford Solar Car would like to thank the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy for their additional contribution to our project, and specifically welcome them into our Gold Sponsor Tier. The Precourt Institute for Energy is committed to pursuing a transition to a sustainable and affordable energy future, as well as foster excitement…

Just in Time — Our Newest Supporter, Henkel Corporation

By Roman Decca Building a solar car takes a lot of materials, and we realized early this week that we had not procured enough of the film adhesive we use to glue the sturdy core in our layups to the carbon fiber in our car’s aerobody. Typically, these materials have lead times of 4+ weeks…

Arrival of Molds & Progression of our Build Cycle

By Clare Tandy Arrival of Molds & Progression of our Build Cycle On Thursday March 13th, 2017 our team finally received the next vehicle’s aerobody molds at the Automotive Innovation Lab! This was a huge moment for the team, as it marks our initial progression from the ideas and planning stage to the construction of…

Moving Closer to Building our Next Car

By Jim Liu Aerobody, Batteries and BMS Although it’s been very rainy here at the farm, the weather hasn’t put a damper on the progress our team is making. Since our last update, we’ve finalized the final shape of the car we will race in the 2017 World Solar Challenge and will begin construction in…

Ford, Silicon Valley, & Stanford Solar Car

By Roman Decca The Stanford Solar Car project would like to thank Ford and its Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center for their continued commitment to our innovative work. Ford’s presence in Silicon Valley speaks to car companies’ growing interest in startup-style innovation, particularly exploring new ideas related to clean energy and sustainability and the…

Stanford + Connects Bay Area

By Kelsey Josund Last weekend, we had the opportunity to display Arctan at Stanford + Connects Bay Area, a great event showcasing research and projects going on at Stanford and providing a chance to network with alumni. After driving Arctan across campus, we spent the day hanging out next to MARTY, the autonomous drifting DeLorean,…

Welcome To Our New Sponsors!

By Jim Liu Our project would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Since the end of our last race in 2015, we have been hard at work fostering new relationships as well as strengthening existing ones. On behalf of our team, I am excited to present the individuals and organizations that…

What have we been up to winter quarter?

By Kelsey Josund We can’t believe the first quarter of this new cycle is already almost over! But as dead week and finals week fall upon us, SSCP is hard at work. These past few months we’ve been very busy recruiting new members and building up a new team, reaching out to sponsors and expanding…

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