World Solar Challenge 2017 Team List

Here are the 48 solar car teams that are likely to be entering in the World Solar Challenge this October, with updated links to their social media ( ), donation websites ( gold coins ), and recent news (please notify me of anything I’ve missed). There is also a simple red/amber/green ( RED AMBER GREEN ) estimate of current status. Teams are sorted first by country, and then by name. In spite of the 2017 rule changes, Aachen, Adelaide, Antakari, ANU, JU, SAITEM, and Twente are using the kind of asymmetrical Challenger-class design that has done well in past competitions. Illini, MDH, and Slovakia are producing symmetrical cars. There is also an interesting range of Cruiser-class designs (14 cars).

AU AMBER  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. Their car will look like this. There are already signs of construction.

AU RED  Australian National University 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. They have a rather interesting design.

AU GREEN  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. There are already signs of construction.

AU AMBER  Flinders University 

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

AU GREEN  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 AMBER  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 GREEN  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. There are already signs of construction.

CA AMBER  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 planning to return to WSC in 2017. There are already signs of construction.

CL GREEN  Antakari Solar Team 

They are planning to compete in WSC 2017. There are already signs of construction.

CN RED  Beijing Institute of Technology

This team came 24th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017.

CO RED  EAFIT Solar Car Team 

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

EG RED  Solar Electric Vehicle – Cairo University Team 

This is a new team for WSC 2017.

EG RED  Zewail City Solar Car Team 

This is a new team for WSC 2017.

DE GREEN  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. They also participated in the Somabay Egyptian Solar Challenge in March.

DE GREEN  Sonnenwagen Aachen 

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

HK RED  Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education 

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

HU AMBER  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 AMBER  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 RED  Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember 

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

IR RED  University of Tehran 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Persian Gazelle 4.

JP GREEN  Kogakuin University 

This team came 2nd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. There are already signs of construction.

JP AMBER  Nagoya Institute of Technology 

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

JP AMBER  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 RED  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 GREEN  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 GREEN  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. They also participated in the Somabay Egyptian Solar Challenge in March.

NL GREEN  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 had hoped to set a world record by driving 620 miles on a single charge, but this attempt had to be cancelled. However, they did visit the Bay Area in January. There are already signs of construction.

NL GREEN  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 new WSC car will be called Red Shift. Their team number (21) is a pun and a wish for success in the race (“Twente-One”). They held a competition to pick a name for their new car, and have also revealed their new design. There are already signs of construction.

PL AMBER  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. Their new WSC car will be called Eagle Two.

SG AMBER  Singapore Polytechnic 

This team competed in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called SunSPEC 5. There are already signs of construction.

SK RED  Solar Team Slovakia 

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

ZA AMBER  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 AMBER  JU Solar Team 

This team came 15th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Solveig . Their team number (46) is the Swedish national telephone prefix. There are already signs of construction.

SE AMBER  MDH Solar Team 

This is a new team in the WSC Challenger class for 2017. They seem to have gone through several design iterations. There are already signs of construction.

TW AMBER  Kaohsiung / Apollo 

This team came 6th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013, and 9th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. They are planning to return in 2017. There are already signs of construction.

TR RED  Sakarya University (SAITEM) 

They are planning to compete in WSC 2017. Their new WSC car will be called SAGUAR.

GB AMBER  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 AMBER  Durham University 

This team came 27th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. They will be modifying their 2015 car for WSC 2017.

GB RED  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 GREEN  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 will be called Penumbra. There are already signs of construction.

US AMBER  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

This team came 23rd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Flux. There are already signs of construction.

US GREEN  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. There are already signs of construction.

US GREEN  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 planning to return to WSC in 2017. Their new WSC car will be called Ra X. There are already signs of construction. They also intend to race at FSGP 2017 (presumably with an older car).

US RED  Southern California Solar Car Team 

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

US GREEN  Stanford Solar Car Project 

This team came 6th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015. They are planning to return in 2017. There are already signs of construction.

US GREEN  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 AMBER  University of Michigan 

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

US GREEN  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. There are already signs of construction.

This post last updated 17:01 on 22 April 2017 AEST


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