We operate entirely from volunteer efforts. There are no applications, no selections, and no voting. Any enrolled Stanford student can join our project. Most of our members are undergraduates, but we welcome grad students as well.

During the school year our team has from 12 to 20 members who come on a fairly regular basis and do work. There are quite a few more who don’t show up regularly and tend to be anti-productive.

While the team is mostly made up of engineers, we welcome all majors. Stanford teaches theoretical economics, theoretical engineering, and theoretical management but never puts any of those things into practice. We build real cars on real schedules with real money and learn all of the skills necessary to do that first hand. Our project is entirely student run, so we need members who can execute every aspect of being a successful race team. Even if you don’t have experience in these fields you will learn all you need to know by joining our team. Here are a few of the sub-teams on the project.

  • Aerodynamic Analysis
  • Business and Finance
  • Composite Structures
  • Driver Control and Telemetry Code
  • Electrical Design
  • Logistics and Component Sourcing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Motor Design
  • Race Strategy and Race Crew
  • Solar Panel Encapsulation
  • Sponsorship Coordination
  • Webmaster

If you’re interested in joining, know that there’s a minimum commitment required to get anything back out of the experience. You should come to our regular meetings and take up a project. Try to get it done within a couple of weeks and see how you enjoyed the experience. If you didn’t have trouble finding time to get it done, and you felt a lot of satisfaction in doing a good job, then solar car is absolutely for you.

We need people who can design, build, test, and race a solar car. We also need people who can manage a team and raise money to make sure the project is well funded and on schedule.

We are just starting on our brand new car, so now is the best time to join.

If you are ready to sign up here is what you need to do:

  • Come to our big meetings on Mondays at 7:30pm and on Saturdays at noon. Different sub-teams have small meetings throughout the week. We meet at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab on the west side of campus. Here is a map.
  • Join our mailing list here.
  • Send us an email to to get additional details at (please use your address so we know you are a current student).
  • Fill out this survey at to get on the roster.
  • Complete the VAIL card access process within a month of joining the team.

When you are ready to register for VAIL click here

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