WMU Sunseeker Solar Race Car

Help Western Michigan University students design, build, and race a solar powered vehicle!
Alexa Carey
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
United States
1 Team Member


The Sunseeker Solar Car Project is the solar car racing team at Western Michigan University. The team is comprised of students from many academic disciplines, who join together to design and build a solar powered vehicle that utilizes state of the art technology, to make the most efficient use of the available solar energy. Students have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to a hands-on project, utilizing teamwork to achieve a common goal. The culmination of the project is the biennial, cross-country, international, intercollegiate American Solar Challenge (ASC). The ASC is a 1,700 mile test of the efficiency, safety, and durability of the student built solar car. The team has participated in all ten American Solar Challenges, and is one of only four to have done so.


Sunseeker promotes the use of renewable, alternative energy and the advancement of related technologies by educating the public through the presentation and demonstration of our solar powered vehicles at schools, museums, energy fairs, car shows, parades and other special events.


The $25,000 will be used to fund expenses for the 2014 FSGP and ACS races. The race fees are $7,000 ($1,000 entry, $3,000 track, $3,000 road race). Additional ASC travel, food, and lodging (3 days) is expected to be $3,000 (approximately $1,000 per day for each of the eight "rayce" days & $500 each non-"rayce" day). Team uniforms (matching shirts required for racing) for 16-20 participants are estimated at $1,000.


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Exact locations of stage/checkpoints are still being finalized.

Mon, July 21: Start in Austin, TX with a checkpoint in Weatherford, TX

Tue, July 22: Arrive at stage stop in Norman, OK

Wed, July 23: Depart Norman, OK with a checkpoint in Wichita, KS

Thu, July 24: Arrive at stage stop in Overland Park, KS

Fri, July 25: Depart Overland Park, KS and arrive at stage stop in Omaha, NE

Sat, July 26: Depart Omaha, NE with a checkpoint in Ames, IA

Sun, July 27: Arrive at stage stop in La Crosse, WI

Mon, July 28: Finish in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

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    Receive a signed team photo with the Sunseeker car, naming your solar cell!

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    Sponsor a students travel and fees for participating! You will receive a letter from the student, a race t-shirt and signed team photo.

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