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Overview of all 2013 World Solar Challenge teams

The overview (click for PDF)

The overview (click for PDF)

One of the questions I got asked most during the 2009 and 2011 World Solar Challenge was if I didn’t have a list of all the participating teams, with a photo and specifications of their car, and links to the websites, etc. I tried to make such a list, but it was very hard to complete, and in the end I managed only detailed pages for eight teams (see the archived 2011 team overview page).

This year I’m going to try it again, and I’ve created a PDF document with all 45 contestants (please click on the image on the right for the document). For every team there’s space for the team’s name, a photo of their car and/or team members, a number of specifications and links to their online resources. For 26 teams I’ve managed to find photos/computer renderings of their solar cars so far, but I hope to be able to increase that to many more in the following weeks and months.

For this, I request the help of my readers. If you are a solar racing team member, of know a team member and you spot a piece of missing or wrong information in this document, please let me know. You can do this either in the comments below or by sending me an e-mail on I would be most grateful for any information.

About the document itself: please feel free to share it with any one you’d like. It will, however, always be a work in progress, so please make sure to share only the original link to this article:, and not the PDF itself. By sharing the link, the person you’re sharing it with will always have the most recent version.



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  2. If you want I can send a picture of the Apollo cruiser to you, which I got from a member of team SOCRAT (a team that does not participate this year but follows the event closely to gain experience).
    I got some more general scrutineering photos from him too, on which the TAFE SA cruiser is pictured too. Just let me know, okay? I assume that the e-mail adress I use for posting this is visible to you.

    BTW, more TAFE SA relatd pictures can be found here:

  3. University of Waikato’s Ultracommuter has some specs listed on their facebook page

    Weight: 750kg incl. batteries, no passengers
    Size: 4.0m long x 1.7m wide x 1.2m high
    Batteries: Lithium Iron Phosphate 144V Nominal, 26kWh
    Motors: 2 x Brushless DC in-wheel motors
    Chassis: Aluminium honeycomb

    Occupancy: 2 seats

    They don’t mention the material of the tyres, but from the pictures, there are 4 of them.
    And no solar array, of course.

  4. University of Waikato’s Ultracommuter class seems muddled.

    It’s listed in the pdf as Adventure class. says they’re in EVolution class. See also:

    But the wsc team page lists it as Cruiser class while mentioning “Our aim is to be a pioneer of the EVolution class”.

    I guess the cruiser class works if they drive “500km per day across Australia travelling at over 90km/h with only one stop for a ‘top-up’ charge from mains electricity.”

    • Thanks, you are absolutely right. It was a copy/paste mistake that caused me to forget the team’s class. You’re also right that the team’s actual class is not 100% clear. I think it’s in the Cruiser class though.

  5. I think you’re right that the rule changes have challenged the teams, as many had started preliminary design work on a three-wheel car when the new rules were published. These teams did have to redo the design work they’d already done.

    However, I doubt the rule changes were the main cause of these three teams withdrawing. The rules were made available early enough that I doubt any of the teams already had worked on real hardware.

    But without first-hand information… who knows.

  6. It’s a shame that teams are dropping out. There might be other reasons of course, but the rule changes have really challenged the teams, particularly in terms of the time available to design, build and test their cars.

  7. Oh, it’s a lot of work all right. But it’s fun to do, especially being in contact with all the teams. Some evenings I’m Skyping and chatting with people from India, Chile, Australia, the US and Japan – at the same time :)

    Thanks for the link to the Iranian car, but I’m afraid that’s an older article as well (2010). This team also had to withdraw from the 2013 WSC.

  8. Must take a lot of work, greatly appreciated

  9. No, I missed those. Thanks! :) This helps me a lot.

  10. Hi Jeroen

    Have you noticed this?

    Think it’s current.

    • Wow, thanks, no I had not seen this. You have no idea how good your timing is, I am right now working on the monthly update (due September 1st) and I’ll insert this information. Many thanks!

  11. Aurora Evolution is running in its original state, its details can be found at

  12. Hello everyone,

    We are organizing the first edition of Moroccan Solar Race Challenge from september 13th to 14th, 2013.
    Until now, we have some moroccan teams and the race is opened for teams from all around the world.
    I inform you that, this first edition is going to take place in Marrakech and by the way, the accommodation charges of four participants per team will be supported by IRESEN* for a period of four days in Marrakech, Morocco.
    If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information on:

    *: Institut of Resarch in Solar and New Energies in Morocco (

  13. @Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle PJ: Thank you for the information, I’ve added it! :)

  14. Car name: Practice (88)
    Weight: 160kg
    Size: 4485mm*1798mm*1000mm
    Solar array: 6m^2, Si, 1300W,Sunpower
    Battery pack: Lithium-Ion, 5kWh, 21kg
    Motor: 1, MITSUBA
    Chassis: Carbon composite, monocoque
    Tyres: BRIDGESTONE/radial tire
    Wheels: 4, CFRP
    Number of occupants: 1
    WSC class: Challenger
    Country: JAPAN

  15. University of Minnesota

    Chassis: Carbon fiber, monocoque

    Wheels: aluminum

  16. @Oliver: Phew… theoretically, I could. But the Word-document the PDF is based on is so horribly complex that it would cost me too much time. I would have to have thought of that from the beginning. The teams are, however, sorted by class. The Challengers first, Cruisers second, and Adventurers third. The only exception is Aurora, who switched classes (Cruiser -> Adventure) whilst I was working on this document.

    @Nathan: Many thanks! I’ve added the specs to the base document and will upload a new PDF in about an hour.

  17. Stanford:

    6m² sunpower monocrystalline silicon, custom encapsulation, >1100W peak

    two custom designed motors, motor±controller system efficiency of 96% at cruise

    lithium ion, 5.3kWh

    carbon monocoque construction

    aluminum wheels with carbon aero covers

    4.5m x 1.8m x 0.7m

    >2000 test miles

  18. Could you split it into cruiser class and challenger class sections?