Stanford Solar Car Project unveils new car for the 2017 Australia challenge

Members of the STANFORD SOLAR CAR PROJECT have unveiled their newest entry for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, an 1,800-mile race across the Australian Outback that takes place in October.

Members of the Stanford Solar Car Project unveil their new car, named Sundae, which will race in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. (Image credit: Mark Shwartz)
Members of the Stanford Solar Car Project unveil their new car, named Sundae, which will race in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. (Image credit: Mark Shwartz)

The unveiling was held on July 1 at the Stanford Automotive Innovation Facility before family, friends and supporters.

The Stanford team of undergraduates spent more than a year designing, building and testing the new vehicle named Sundae, a futuristic car covered in solar cells and powered entirely by sunlight.

Sundae will be shipped to Australia in September in preparation for the World Solar Challenge, which begins on October 8 in the city of Darwin. Stanford will compete with universities from Japan, the Netherlands and many other countries for the title of world’s fastest solar car. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the challenge, which is held every two years.

In 2013, the Stanford team finished fourth, and in 2015 placed sixth in a very tight race. Sponsors of this year’s team include administrators and organizations from across campus and more than 30 corporations.