The Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP) is a unique promotional opportunity, providing a fusion of both education and exposure opportunities to a prospective sponsor. The team actively promotes clean energy awareness and education, essential pursuits in striving towards a cleaner future. Furthermore, SSCP is a solar endurance racing organization of the highest caliber, and is widely respected as such by many teams, universities, and companies world-wide. It is rare that an endeavor can unite these aspects of education and achievement in one environmentally responsible mission, but SSCP does just that. The public and media recognize this, and SSCP’s vehicle turns heads everywhere it goes.
Our team aims also to educate the next generation of young, environmentally-minded engineers and business leaders about to enter the workforce. Former members take the skills they develop working on the project to lend their passion to some of the most exciting projects underway today. In supporting the team, companies can begin to build their name and forge relationships with some of the future leaders of the technical world.
- Opportunities for collaboration with the world’s leading research university
- Access to the SSCP recruiting pool of Stanford graduates
- R&D Test Platform
- National and International Exposure
- Tax-deductible contributions
- Sponsors receive additional benefits based on the value of the donation. Detailed benefits for each sponsorship tier are listed here.
Supporting our Team
With a project of this size and of international proportions, SSCP is looking for significant support. This involves both monetary contributions and in-kind donations, covering everything from construction materials to airplane tickets to race supplies.
Sponsors are what make our adventure possible. Each year we try and get back in touch with our old sponsors and try to make contact with some new ones. They provide the supplies, services, and cash that let us build a car from scratch.
Without our sponsors there would be no Stanford Solar Car Project, and for their support we are infinitely grateful. We’ve been lucky enough to get to know many great people interested in furthering a great cause. Thanks to everyone who has helped us out over the years!
For more details about our current sponsors, take a look at the list below.
To make an immediate donation visit our donation page.
To read more about our sponsorship program visit our detailed sponsorship page.
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Volkswagen and VW Electronics Research Lab (2009-2015)
We’re proud to have Volkswagen as a continued sponsor this year. VW has been extremely generous to the Solar Car Project and to other automotive projects (such as the Stanford Racing Team), providing us with a new dedicated building for research and development. They have also supported our team financially, lent us escort vehicles to use during the 2011 and 2013 World Solar Challenge, and helped connect us with other industry partners.
The VW ERL is a division of the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., with its headquarters in Silicon Valley (Belmont, California). The VW ERL’s mission is to leverage Silicon Valley resources for the advancement of the Volkswagen Groups’ products through technical knowledge and electronics expertise. The VW ERL is home to a number of Volkswagen Group R&D projects and collaborations between VW and Stanford University. Check out one of the VW ERL’s website to see more about our team’s work with Volkswagen and other collaborations such as Stanley, Junior, and Shelly: three autonomous race cars developed by VW and Stanford. The engineers at the VW ERL have played a huge role in connecting our team with the greater VW network.
Virgin Australia (2011-2015)
Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic have moved mountains to get Luminos from California to Melbourne in record time. Amazingly, they were able to fly our car to Melbourne and get the car through customs in less than three days! Both companies were extremely generous in their air shipping support for our team, and their staff were quick and professional while helping our team coordinate logistics and paperwork for the international shipment. The time savings and cost savings of air shipping our car instead of ocean shipping proved to be incredibly valuable for our team. We were able to double the test miles on the car, develop a more thorough race strategy model, practice pit stop scenarios, and host more young student outreach sessions. Thanks, Virgin!
Linear Technology (2009-2015)
Linear Technology is a large manufacturer of CMOS ICs. They’re also one of our biggest new sponsors. They have provided the team with a large cash sponsorship and free access to their huge catalog of excellent products. We already use a number of Linear Technology components on our current car, Xenith. We look forward to working with them in the future–their sponsorship will be extremely valuable as we implement a new design for the 2013 World Solar Challenge.
The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) is the interdisciplinary automotive affiliates program at Stanford University. The vision of CARS is to create a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers to radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance, sustainability, and enjoyment. The CARS mission is to discover, build, and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers. Our partnership with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford has helped our team connect with many of the most exciting companies and individuals in the automotive industry. The administrators of CARS are always available to assist our team in any way they can, and the program offers an exciting series of classes and guest speakers from the automotive community.
For many years 3M has been one of the key sponsors for the Stanford Solar Car Project in tapes, glues, and other adhesives. 3M produces more than 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, medical products, car care products (such as sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits and optical films. Our team’s order this year included an assortment of tapes, VHB, structural epoxies, vinyl wrap film, prototype array encapsulants, zip ties, sander, and much much more.
Stanford School of Engineering (’11-’15)
The Stanford School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, medicine, energy, business and beyond. The faculty, students and alumni of Stanford Engineering have established thousands of companies and laid the technological and business foundations for Silicon Valley. Founded in 1925, the school has a tradition of pursuing multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at solving the most pressing global problems. Our team receives suport through the Stanford School of Engineering in many forms. Our partnership with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford has helped our team connect with many of the most exciting companies and individuals in the automotive industry. We received our workshop space at VAIL through the Stanford School of Engineering. The faculty in the Stanford School of Engineering are always available to assist our team in any way they can.
VPUE Harry Elam (2009-2015)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Harry Elam: The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) serves as the primary conduit for faculty interested in furthering their interaction with undergraduates, developing innovative curriculum and pedagogy, and discovering ways in which working with undergraduates can enrich their own research agendas at Stanford. Many of the VPUE’s programs at Stanford such as the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Introsems, Structured Liberal Education, research grants, and and Stanford Introductory Seminars are the highlights of the Stanford undergraduate experience. The VPUE’s commitment to these fun and enriching student programs and groups like the Stanford Solar Car Project highlight Stanford’s dedication to helping students to achieve their intellectual ambitions as undergraduates. The Stanford Solar Car Project appreciates the VPUE’s support and we are excited to continue providing challenging and enriching hands on engineering and business management experiences for Stanford undergraduates.
Stanford University (1990-2015)
Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities, and our students have opportunities to participate in a remarkable range of activities. Through academic courses taught by renowned professors, research and public service opportunities, and an extraordinary breadth of extracurricular activities — Stanford University prepares students to take on the great challenges of the day and become the next generation of leaders. Our team is actually a Stanford Voluntary Student Organization, but we thought that our school still deserves its own posting on our website. Stanford provides our students with an amazing classroom foundation in engineering and entrepreneurism. On top of this we receive funding, workshop space, capital equipment, liability insurance, legal support, academic advice, and more from the amazing professors and other faculty at Stanford.
ASSU is the Stanford student group parent organization. They handle student elections and special fees, one of our bigger sources of funding. Each year students must vote whether or not a group gets funding. Solar car has tended to be a very popular student group, and we typically win a landslide victory at every election. Thanks to the generosity of the students at Stanford University, we will be receiving over $50,000 through this system this coming June. We hope to receive a similar amount next year as well. With this funding, however, there are strings attached. Thankfully, equipment and materials purchases make up the bulk of our expenditures, and are justifiable to both the ASSU Senate and SSE Banking employees.
Altium is the leading developer of solutions that help engineers design and build the next generation of electronic products. Altium’s vision has been to level the playing field for electronics designers by offering an alternative to expensive, difficult-to-use tools. Altium is now a global company with a passion for innovation, and the goal of redefining the way electronic products are developed. Altium generously supported our team through an in-kind donation of Altium Designer.
HSM Works (2009-2015)
HSMWorks – the CAM solution for SolidWorks, was released in 2008 at SolidWorks World in New Orleans. The revolutionary CAM solution was designed to provide users with unparalleled ease-of-use through a truly seamless integration with SolidWorks. Our team uses HSM works to machine the various aluminum components that go onto our car and test equipment. Thanks, HSM!
Thanks to Provost Etchemendy for supporting our group and other student research on campus! Read more about our relationship with the Provost here.
Since Panasonic was founded in 1918, it has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers. It is a leading manufacturer, involved in almost every electronics industry, from consumer products to business solutions. In addition to electronics, Panasonic offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic was ranked the 89th-largest company in the world in 2009 by the Forbes Global 2000 and is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Our team has been very lucky to use Panasonic lithium cells for our solar vehicles since 2009. Read more about Panasonic’s support for our team at their sponsor page.
STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies. STMicroelectronics has supplied our team with STM32 microcontrollers for use in Luminos and our latest 2015 solar car. These chips control many of the car’s electrical systems, from headlights to the battery management board. A special thank-you goes out to George Vlantis, a Silicon Valley ST engineer and longtime friend and supporter of our team. We’re grateful to you! Check out our ST visit blog post here!
Christensen Fiberglass works with our team to make the large molds which we use for our car bodies. With 25 years of mold-making experience, Bill Christensen founded the business in the year 2000. Since then, the company has grown in facilities and capabilities, and today uses one of the largest mills in the United States to produce high precision plugs, masters, and molds for a variety of markets demanding large scale composite structures. Read more here about our relationship with Christensen.
The AeroDyn Wind Tunnel is a full-scale, closed-jet, contoured wall design with an open return. AeroDyn hosts a one-of-a-kind data acquisition system with 50 vehicle pressures available and a grid of 228 static pressures in the floor beneath the car. Our team has worked with AeroDyn since 2009 to validate the aerodynamic performance of our solar cars after they have been simulated thoroughly on computer design software and before they hit the road. View our 2013 blog post with photos, available here, and our 2011 post here!
Gonsel’s Machine Shop is a family-owned-and-operated job shop which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2003, and is also one of our longest-running sponsors. They’re a CNC machine shop up in Oakland that does fantastic work for all of its customers. On Apogee they machined all of our uprights, A-arms, and both revisions of our trailing arm suspension. On Luminos, Gonsel’s machine beautiful titanium spindles for our custom motor designs, among other components. Read more about Gonsel’s and SSCP here.
CS Hyde Company, 2012-2015
D2 Solar, 2011-2015
AGL Solar Energy Australia, 2014-2015
Maverick Labels, 2011-2015
Estey & Bomberger, LLP., 2012-2015
Lockheed Martin, 2011-2015
Tom Currier, 2014-2015
Pine Cone Lumber, 2013-2015
Lotus Engineering, 2014-2015