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University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project

Team overview

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project

  • Car name

    Eos II

  • University

    Solar Vehicle Project

  • Country

    United States

  • WSC class


  • Static Scrutineering


Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Jan 1 9:30:00 Katherine
Day 2 Jan 1 9:30:00 Daly Waters
Day 3 Jan 1 9:30:00 Barrow Creek
Day 4 Jan 1 9:30:00 Kulgera
Day 5 Jan 1 9:30:00 Glendambo
Day 6 Jan 1 9:30:00 Adelaide
Day 7 Jan 1 9:30:00 Adelaide

How many times has your team participated in the event?

4: 1999, 2013, 2015, 2017

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

Eos II was designed to maintain aerodynamics while improving upon the comfort and reliability of our previous model. Eos II continues the University of Minnesota tradition of maximizing the educational experience, with as many components designed and manufactured by the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project as possible.

What is unique about your solar car?

Eos II embodies the design-everything mentality of the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project exists to create the best engineers possible, and we do so by providing diverse design and construction challenges in all aspects of the car. We purchase as little as possible, opting instead to learn from our sponsors and experiences.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge helps our organization be part of the global community of solar car racing; because of our participation in BWSC, we are challenged by and learning from the best solar car teams in the world, all while racing across the exciting and challenging terrain.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

UMNSVP is eager for the debut of their newest car, a car that they have spent two years developing. Their engineers get to experience the Australian Outback in a car they personally built, a valuable experience unlike any other available to students.