Solar Electric Vehicle Team to Participate in 2015 World Solar Challenge

Published in MIT News on May 15, 2015, by Camilla Brinkman, Edgerton Center

MIT team will race 3,000 km across the Australian Outback in October.

An MIT team that boasts some notable alumni — including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and D-Lab founder and lecturer in mechanical engineering Amy Smith ’84, SM ’85 — has its eyes fixed on the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across the Australian Outback that will take place in October.  

The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team, founded in 1986 by James Worden ’89, working under the auspices of the Edgerton Center, is building the 13th iteration of their solar car. Named after the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, "Arcturus" is the team’s first venture into building a four-wheeled vehicle per the race requirements for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. 

As the race from Darwin to Adelaide draws near, the team — a crew of 12 women and eight men — is preparing for their adventure. “Not one undergrad has been on the trip to Australia before so that’s kind of exciting for us,” says team captain Rose Abramson ’15, who joined the team as a freshman.

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