Solar Miner (internally named "The Dolphin") is named after our 1997 car which has influenced every car that came after it.
What separates this generation of Solar Miner from its predecessors is the advanced technology used and the manufacturing process. Solar Miner features an all carbon monocoque designed to be light weight, durable, and good looking.
After six years of not racing in an American Solar Challenge, Solar Miner and the race team could not have performed better. Placing fourth exceeded our expectations tremendously and believe that we could not have build a better car. We finished the 2016 American Solar Challenge 1,976 mile race in 64 hours 14 minutes and 40 seconds.
After spending the 2016-2017 school year designing a new car that would race in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge funding was extremely tight and the team decided to pause development of the new car, refurbish Solar Miner and, instead, race in the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) in Austin, Texas. During the 2017 FSGP electrical problems were abundant and proved challenging for the team, despite these problems we placed 8th in the race.