World Solar Challenge 2017 Team List

Here are the 43 solar car teams (from 22 countries) that are scheduled to race in the World Solar Challenge this October, with links to their social media ( Facebook LinkedIn Flickr YouTube Instagram Twitter ), donation websites ( Gold coin ), and recent news (please notify me of anything I’ve missed). There is also a simple status code for scheduled reveals ( Scheduled , 6 cars), other cars under construction ( Under Construction , 9 cars), cars of uncertain status ( ? ), revealed cars ( Revealed , 16 cars), teams currently shipping ( Shipping , 10 cars), teams travelling ( In Transit , 2 cars), and teams in Australia and ready to go ( In Australia ). Mouseover text on those icons gives more information. Altogether, 65% of cars have been revealed so far.

This list is now sorted by team number.

In spite of the 2017 rule changes, most teams (21 so far) are using the kind of asymmetrical Challenger-class design that has done well in past competitions, while 5 teams (Cambridge, Kogakuin, MDH, Michigan, and NWU) are producing symmetrical cars of various kinds. There is also an interesting range of Cruiser-class designs (15 cars). Car reveals coming up include NWU (Aug 22), JU (Aug 28), Adelaide & WSU & Tokai (Aug 29), and Flinders (Sept 11). Other important dates include WSC HQ opening in Darwin (Sept 26), static scrutineering beginning (Oct 3), the race start (Oct 8), and the award ceremony (Oct 15).

US Shipping  University of Michigan 

This team came 4th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 1st in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. They are returning to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Novum. Their team number (2) is a long-standing tradition. They have already revealed their new car. It’s a long sleek bullet of a car with a GaAs array, and I’m happy to see that Michigan “thought outside the box” on this one. They shipped their famous semi to Australia before shipping the car.

NL Revealed  Nuon Solar Team 

This team came 1st in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 1st. Their new WSC car is called Nuna9. Their team number (3) is a long-standing tradition. In June they set a world record, clocking up 882 km in a 12-hour track session. They have already revealed their new car. It looks a lot like the Belgian car, and perhaps that is the winning design this year. Among the compact catamarans Nuon’s car is particularly small, because of its GaAs array. Only three female students (Sharon van Luik, Lisanne de Rooij, and Emma Vercoulen) can fit inside the cockpit.

CL Under Construction  Antakari Solar Team 

They are competing in WSC 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Intikallpa IV. Antakari will be joined by members of the Appalachian State University team, who plan to race their own car in 2019. There have been signs of construction. I don’t know when they will reveal their car, but they seem a long way from finishing construction.

SG Revealed  Singapore Polytechnic 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called SunSPEC 5. They have already revealed their new car. It looks beautifully sleek. Let’s hope the team has better luck than in 2015 (when their car was destroyed by fire and had to be rebuilt in a hurry).

AU Scheduled  Adelaide University 

This team came 21st in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Lumen II. Their car will look like this. There have been signs of construction. They are revealing their new car on August 29.

BE Shipping  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 returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 2nd. Their new WSC car is called Punch 2. They have already revealed their new car. And a fast-looking car it is! See here for a short video. The car ships to Australia on August 20 (by DHL).

US Revealed  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. Their new WSC car is called Penumbra. They have already revealed their new car. They will be using specialised weather-prediction software for the race. They will ship the car on September 1.

10  JP Scheduled  Tokai University 

This team came 7th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, and 3rd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 2nd. Their new WSC car will be called Tokai Challenger. They will reveal their car on August 29.

11  DE Shipping  Bochum University of Applied Sciences 

This team came 3rd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also entered three cars in the 2016 ESC, coming 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Their new WSC car is called thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser. They have already revealed their new car. Like every other Bochum car, it looks sexy, but the cockpit seems a little cramped (though not as much as Minnesota’s 2013 car). Equipment for the team has been shipped to Australia for the race.

12  GB Under Construction  Cambridge University 

This team came 22nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 10th. There have been signs of construction. Their design may be more competitive under the new rules than it was in 2015, although MostDece thinks that Michigan has a better approach to the bullet-style car. Cambridge are being very coy about when they will reveal their car.

14  AU Scheduled  Flinders University 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Investigator Mark 3. Their car will look like this. There have been signs of construction. They are revealing their new car on September 11.

15  AU Scheduled  Western Sydney U Solar Car Project 

This team came 10th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. There have been signs of construction. They are revealing their new car on August 29.

16  US Revealed  Stanford Solar Car Project 

This team came 6th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Sundae. They have already revealed their new car. It’s another compact catamaran, and looks fast.

18  MY Under Construction  MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton 

This team came 26th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called TUAH. There have been signs of construction. I don’t know when they will reveal their car.

20  GB Shipping  Durham University 

This team came 27th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called DUSC. They have, I understand, modified their 2015 car for this year’s race, and have already shipped it to Australia. Being an older vehicle, it is one of the few three-fairing cars in this year’s race.

21  NL In Transit  Solar Team Twente 

This team came 2nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 1st. Their new WSC car is called Red Shift. Their team number (21) is a pun and a wish for success in the race (“Twente-One”). They have already revealed their new car. They shipped the car to Australia on August 16. The team travels to Australia on August 23 and 31.

22  SE Revealed  MDH Solar Team 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. Their new WSC car is called MDH Solar Car. They are from Mälardalen University College in Eskilstuna, Sweden. They have already revealed their new car.

23  IR Under Construction  University of Tehran 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Persian Gazelle 4. They have opted for a more traditional-looking cruiser this year, it seems. Their car will look like this. There have been signs of construction. I don’t know when they will reveal their car.

25  JP Revealed  Nagoya Institute of Technology 

This team came 16th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Horizon 17. They are active on social media, but only in Japanese. They have already revealed their new car.

28  KR Revealed  Korea National University of Transportation 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. Their new WSC car is called Woong-bi. They have already revealed their new car.

30  AU Under Construction  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 returning in 2017 with a Cruiser. Their new WSC car will be called Arrow STF. There have been signs of construction. I don’t know when they will reveal their car.

32  US Shipping  Principia Solar Car Team 

This team came 17th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 5th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. They are returning to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Ra X. They have already revealed their new car. They also raced their car at FSGP 2017. They have shipped the car to Australia.

33  EG Under Construction  Solar Electric Vehicle – Cairo University Team 

This is a new team in the WSC Cruiser class for 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Horus. They partnered with Bochum in the ill-fated Somabay Egyptian Solar Challenge. They appear to be having a few problems getting their car ready on time.

34  IN Revealed  R.V. College of Engineering 

This team came 29th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Arka. They have already revealed their new car.

35  HK Revealed  Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called SOPHIE VI. They have already revealed their new car. The finish seems more polished than their 2015 car. Driver visibility seems a little restricted, though.

37  JP Revealed  Goko High School

This team came 14th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their WSC car is called Musoushin. The car appears to be an asymmetrical version of their 2015 car, and is one of the few three-fairing cars in this year’s race.

38  ZA Scheduled  North West University 

This team came 11th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 4th. Their new WSC car will be called Naledi. Their unusual design is somewhat reminiscent of entries from the 1980s. We will see how it performs. They are revealing their completed car on August 22 (which seems a little late).

40  NL In Transit  Solar Team Eindhoven 

This team came 1st in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Stella Vie. Their team number (40) is the Eindhoven telephone area code. They have already revealed their new car. They have shipped their car, and team-members are travelling at the same time.

42  AU Under Construction  TAFE SA 

This team came 7th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called SAV. They are planning a different kind of solar vehicle. That kind of innovation makes me happy. There have been signs of construction.

43  AU Under Construction  Australian National University 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Sol Invictus. They have a rather interesting four-fairing design (although comments on social media suggest that they might change it). They are also recruiting new team members, which does not fill me with confidence. I don’t know when they will reveal their car.

45  PL Shipping  Lodz Solar Team 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, coming 5th. Their new WSC car is called Eagle Two. They have already revealed their new car. The design seems to have been influenced by past Eindhoven cars, and (like Stella Vie) it is a 5-seater. The car has been shipped to Australia, and I’m keen to see it in action.

46  SE Scheduled  JU Solar Team 

This team came 15th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Solveig. Their team number (46) is the Swedish national telephone prefix. There have been signs of construction. They are revealing their new car on August 28 (which seems a little late).

49  TH Revealed  Siam Technical College 

This team came 28th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They have a school Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (as well as the team pages linked in the icons above). For 2017, they built two cars. This car, named Nikola, is entered in the Cruiser class. It has been officially revealed, and looks cool (although I’m not wild about the aero). A second car in the Challenger class (Edison, FB, TW) seems to have been withdrawn.

52  US Shipping  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

This is a new team in the WSC Adventure class for 2017. Their new WSC car is called Argo. They have already revealed their new car. This is a relatively new team, but apparently locked in the design of their car before the change in the Challenger class rules. They are therefore aiming to finish the course, but are not racing competitively. They have shipped their car to Australia.

53  US Revealed  Mississippi Choctaw High School 

They are racing in the WSC Adventure class in 2017. Their WSC car is called Tushka Hashi III. It will be great to see these kids returning to Australia after their problems in the 2013 race (they developed electrical problems between Katherine and Dunmarra). They are scheduled to travel to Australia on September 22. They are selling T-Shirts to help fund the trip.

70  DE Revealed  Sonnenwagen Aachen 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. Their new WSC car is called Huawei Sonnenwagen. They have already revealed their new car. I expect this team to do what Megalux did in 2015, coming from nowhere to race very well.

71  TR Revealed  Istanbul Technical University 

This team came 17th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are returning in 2017. They also raced in the 2016 ESC, coming 7th. Their new WSC car is called BOW. That stands for Bees On Wheels (their university logo is a bee). They built a cruiser in 2015, but did not race it at WSC, and they have gone back to the Challenger class this year. They have already revealed their new car.

75  AU Under Construction  University of New South Wales / Sunswift 

This team came 4th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Violet. There have been signs of construction. It seems that they are only going to reveal the car at the last minute, however.

77  CA Revealed  University of Toronto / Blue Sky 

This team came 12th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015, and 3rd in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. They are returning to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Polaris. They have already revealed their new car. They are hoping that the new car gets them into the top five this year.

82  KR Shipping  Kookmin University Solar Team 

This team came 20th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Taegeuk. Their team number (82) is the Korean national telephone prefix. They have already revealed their new car. They have shipped their car to Australia.

88  JP Shipping  Kogakuin University 

This team came 2nd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Wing. They have already revealed their new car. It is a very creative and unusual design. That array above the body seems almost old-school, and I have no idea how well it will perform. There is a story here on the materials used. They have shipped their car to Australia (to Adelaide, which will give them a chance to test their car driving north).

94  US Shipping  University of Minnesota 

This team came 5th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015, and 10th in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. They are returning to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Eos II. They have already revealed their new car. It looks shiny and sleek. It seems that another team has taken their traditional number (35), however. They have shipped the car to Australia.

95  TW Revealed  Kaohsiung / Apollo 

This team came 6th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013, and 9th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. They are returning in 2017. Their new WSC car is called Apollo VIII. They have already revealed their new car.

This post last updated 12:30 on 22 August 2017 AEST


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