WSC 2017 Contenders (old list)

This list is out of date. See here for an updated list.

Here are solar car teams that are likely to be entering in the World Solar Challenge next year, with links to their websites and social media:

AU  Adelaide University 

This team came 21st in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Lumen II. There are already signs of construction.

AU  Australian National University 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017.

AU  Clenergy Team Arrow 

This team came 5th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, and 8th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017 with a Cruiser.

AU  Flinders University 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017.

AU  University of New South Wales / Sunswift 

This team came 4th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

AU  Western Sydney U Solar Car Project 

This team came 10th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

BE  Punch Powertrain Solar Team 

This team came 3rd in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, and 5th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 2nd.

CA  University of Toronto / Blue Sky 

This team came 12th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 3rd in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. 1They are planning to return to WSC in 2017. There are already signs of construction.

CN  Beijing Institute of Technology

This team came 24th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. I don’t know if they plan to race in 2017.

CO  EAFIT Solar Car Team 

This team came 9th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

DE  Bochum University of Applied Sciences 

This team came 3rd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also entered three cars in the 2016 ESC, coming 3rd, 4th, and 5th. There are already signs of construction.

DE  Sonnenwagen Aachen 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017.

HK  Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

HU  Kecskemét College GAMF (Megalux) 

This team came 7th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 3rd.

IN  R.V. College of Engineering 

This team came 29th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Soleblaze 2.

ID  Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

IR  University of Tehran 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

JP  Goko High School 

This team came 14th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. I don’t know if they plan to race in 2017.

JP  Kogakuin University 

This team came 2nd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

JP  Nagoya Institute of Technology 

This team came 16th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

JP  Tokai University 

This team came 7th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, and 3rd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 2nd.

KR  Kookmin University Solar Team 

This team came 20th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their team number (82) is the Korean national telephone prefix.

MY  MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton 

This team came 26th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Stingray 2. There are already signs of construction.

NL  Nuon Solar Team 

This team came 1st in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 1st. Their new WSC car will be called Nuna9. Their team number (3) is a long-standing tradition. There are already signs of construction.

NL  Solar Team Eindhoven 

This team came 1st in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their team number (40) is the Eindhoven telephone area code. In December 2016 they hope to set a world record by driving 620 miles on a single charge.

NL  Solar Team Twente 

This team came 2nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 1st. Their team number (21) is a pun and a wish for success in the race (“Twente-One”). They are holding a competition to pick a name for their new car.

PL  Lodz Solar Team 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 5th.

SG  Singapore Polytechnic 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

SK  Solar Team Slovakia 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017.

ZA  North West University 

This team came 11th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 4th.

SE  JU Solar Team 

This team came 15th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their team number (46) is the Swedish national telephone prefix.

SE  MDH Solar Team 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017.

TW  Kaohsiung / Apollo 

This team came 6th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. They are planning to return in 2017.

GB  Cambridge University 

This team came 22nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 10th. Their 2013/2015 design may be competitive under the new WSC rules.

GB  Durham University 

This team came 27th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

GB  Edinburgh University 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017.

GB  Solar Team GB 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017. They have made a data collection trip to Australia.

US  Appalachian State University 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017. They came 6th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge.

US  Iowa State University (PrISUm) 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017. They came 7th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. There are already signs of construction.

US  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

This team came 23rd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

US  Missouri S&T 

This team came 4th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. Having raced in the 2001 World Solar Challenge, they are planning to return to WSC in 2017.

US  Phoenix Solar Racing 

Formerly the Oregon State University Solar Vehicle Team, they are planning to compete in WSC 2017. There are already signs of construction.

US  Principia Solar Car Team 

This team came 17th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 5th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. 1They are planning to return to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Ra X. There are already signs of construction.

US  Southern California Solar Car Team 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017.

US  Stanford Solar Car Project 

This team came 6th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

US  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. There are already signs of construction.

US  University of Michigan 

This team came 4th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 1st in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. 1They are planning to return to WSC in 2017. Their team number (2) is a long-standing tradition.

US  University of Minnesota 

This team came 5th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015, and 10th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. They are planning to return to WSC in 2017. Their team number (35) is a long-standing tradition.

This list is out of date. See here for an updated list.


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