A team of students from Missouri S&T will demonstrate the capabilities of solar-powered vehicles during the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2019. The event will be held Monday, July 1, through Saturday, July 6, in Austin, Texas.
Missouri S&T’s Solar Car Design Team will compete against approximately 15 other collegiate teams from around the world at the Circuit of The Americas, a 3.4-mile Formula One racetrack. S&T’s student-designed and -built car is named Independence.
Teams start the event with three days of technical and safety inspections, then move on to three days of racing. Victory at the event goes to the team that completes the most laps over a three-day period.
Independence is a redesigned car with a focus on reliability. The team has made a custom battery protection system for the car and has already taken test drives in the vehicle as early as February of this year.
The Solar Car Design Team is one of 20 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Almost every team competes annually at an event against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world. For more information about the teams, visit design.mst.edu.