Spring Quarter Stanford Solar Car

The rules are out and so is school, so we’re diving into a summer of hard work and research. But we’ve been working hard for all of last quarter, too! Read on to find out more about what we’ve been up to.

Arctan getting prepped for a day of driving early in the spring.
Arctan getting prepped for a day of driving early in the spring.

Early in the quarter, we took Arctan out for a test drive in the Central Valley of California to gather some array and aerodynamics data and teach new members about solar car and convoy driving. We had a great team bonding weekend and proved to ourselves that Arctan still works great, even after more than 10,000 kilometers!

Business team members displaying Arctan downtown.

We also displayed Arctan in front of the Epiphany Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, connecting with the local community and chatting with all kinds of passersby. It was fun to talk to local car enthusiasts and Stanford fans!

MARTY and Arctan

In May we joined others in the extended Stanford family at the Stanford + Connects Bay Area alumni networking event on campus. We spent the day right next to our labmate neighbors working on MARTY, the autonomous drifting DeLorean, and got to meet a lot of fascinating Stanford grads.

fiatTowards to the end of the quarter, we had a visit from local Fiat and Alfa Romeo enthusiasts and got this sick shot of lots of cool cars hanging out together.

On the engineering side, we continued developing our solar array development and design pipeline, trained several new aerodynamics members and settled on a set of concept cars to push forward, and started work on a thorough redesign of our electrical and embedded code systems. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a great, dedicated team ready to make it happen!


One response to “Spring Quarter Stanford Solar Car”

  1. Out of curiosity, what is the top speed of the solar car? Also, for what it’s worth, I just can’t help but love the concept of a self driving Delorean.

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