About the Project
The 2017 World Solar Challenge Project will take Phoenix Solar Racing beyond anything we've ever done before. For the first time, our team will independently develop a multi-seat solar car that aims to be fast, efficient, and practical. Besides the technical challenges associated with designing such a vehicle, the 2017 World Solar Challenge Project will test our team's fundraising and logistics skills in an effort to compete in our second ever international event.
What is the World Solar Challenge?
Every two years, solar car teams from all over the world gather to race 3000 km across the Australian continent in the World Solar Challenge (WSC). Teams are divided into three classes depending on their solar cars. The Challenger Class consists of single-seat, high-performance solar cars with one goal in mind: reaching the finish line first. The Cruiser Class consists of multi-seat solar cars aimed at demonstrating practical applications for solar-electric vehicles. Finally, the Adventure Class consists of legacy solar cars that meet all safety requirements, but were not built to comply with the latest regulations.
The WSC tests teams' ingenuity, teamwork, engineering prowess, and ability to expertly balance their car's battery level and solar array input. Successful teams will cross the finish line having completed the race on pure solar energy. In the Cruiser Class category, teams also compete for a practicality score based on attributes such as versatility, reliability, and style of their solar car.
To learn more about the World Solar Challenge, visit worldsolarchallenge.org.
Designing the Next Generation of Transportation
Imagine this. A car that is comfortable, stylish, whisper-quiet, and amazingly cheap and clean to run because of one stand-out feature: it runs completely on energy gathered from the sun.
This idea is one of the driving forces behind our decision to develop a Cruiser Class car for the 2017 World Solar Challenge. We strongly believe that solar energy can power not just our homes and offices, but also the next generation of efficient transportation. Our students are passionate about turning their engineering knowledge and ingenuity into a great vehicle, and we hope to show you more in the coming months.