Xenith (ZEE-nith) was designed to be one of the SSCP’s most technically ambitious cars. The car featured a composite aero body with an incredibly small frontal area. The main body compartment was a mere four inches thick and all of the other components were optimized to fit. The front suspension featured a compact multilink geometry which reduced wheel scrub. The rear suspension included a linear actuator which could turn the rear wheel while driving. This allowed the car to make U-turns without having wide front fairings and it allowed the car to always have efficient air flow by pointing into cross winds. Xenith also featured solar panels that were encapsulated in ultra thin and strong Corning glass. The car’s electrical system was very robust, showing no significant problems during the 2011 World Solar Challenge.
Apogee is our ninth vehicle, designed for competition in the 2009 World Solar Challenge and the 2010 North American Solar Challenge. It represents a major step up in the level of refinement in every system on the car. It has a new body shape, mechanical system, solar array, electrical system.
Equinox was designed for the 2007 World Solar Challenge. It is one of the few Stanford cars with a multijunction array. While it shares the same body shape as Solstice, it’s entirely different “under the hood”. It represents a shift away from the space frame body type to the carbon fiber monocoque. It’s also the first Stanford car to include CAN bus communications around the electrical system.
Built for the 2005 North American Solar Challenge, Solstice is one of our most successful vehicles. It scored first place in the stock class, narrowly edging out Berkeley. Now that its race days are long over, Solstice is our favorite show pony for on-campus events. In that job its taken quite a few knocks on the chin – at one point a sophomore even crashed it into a former University President’s personal car. Oops.
Eventually we’ll get around to posting some of the photos and short descriptions of our older vehicles. If you’re an SSCP alum and have digital pictures you’d like to contribute to the effort, please don’t hesitate to hit that contact button!