October 22, 2015

Arctan, a solar-powered car built by undergraduate members of the Stanford Solar Car Project, placed sixth in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a nearly 2,000-mile race across the Australian outback. Stanford was among 30 teams from around the world that competed in the Challenger Class, single-passenger cars built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency. Other U.S. competitors came from MIT, the University of Michigan and Principia College.

Here are the top six finalists:

  1. Delft University (Netherlands)
  2. University of Twente (Netherlands)
  3. Tokai University (Japan)
  4. University of Michigan (USA)
  5. University of Leuven (Belgium)
  6. Stanford University (USA)

More information:

Incredible photos show futuristic solar-powered cars racing 3,000km under the sun through the Australian outback (Daily Mail, Oct. 22, 2015)

2015 Challenger Class results

Stanford Solar Car Project

Stanford Report (Oct. 20, 2015)

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

The Stanford Solar Car Project vehicle, Arctan, crosses the Ghan overpass near Wycliffe Well during day two of the 2015 World Solar Challenge (Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)


To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stanford Solar Car Project, the Precourt Institute for Energy presents a documentary about the Stanford team's top-five finish in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge - a nearly 2,000-mile race across the Australian outback. Project members have built a new car to compete in the October 2015 challenge.

The documentary features undergraduate team members, family and industry supporters, including project sponsors Panasonic and STMicroelectronics, as well as representatives and alums from Google and Tesla Motors.

The Stanford Solar Car Project began in 1989 as a student-­run organization fueled by its members’ passion for sustainable technology. Since then, student teams have built 12 solar-powered cars to compete in national and international racing events. Over the years, the project has provided dozens of undergraduates a rare opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing techniques, use cutting-­edge materials and attempt the daunting challenge of revolutionizing vehicle design to promote development of solar technologies for greener transport.