The Blue Sky Solar Racing team from the University of Toronto ( ) had their 20th anniversary on November 18th last year. The video below celebrates their two decades of solar car racing. Congratulations, guys!
Sandford Fleming Building, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (photo: Alexander Farley)
The University of Toronto has been mentioned several times on this blog. It is ranked 25th in the world on the Times Higher Education list of engineering institutions.
The university was founded in 1827, originally as a religious institution. Staff there have collected a number of Nobel prizes, and the university was also the site of Stephen Cook’s pioneering work on NP-completeness. Their solar car team (Blue Sky Solar Racing team) came 12th in the 2015 World Solar Challenge.
The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, has run a story on the University of Toronto / Blue Sky team – the only WSC entry from Canada this year (team 77). When interviewed, team Managing Director Zhe Gong hinted at a number of possible meanings for their car’s name, Horizon. The story also touched on their ongoing fundraising problems – we certainly hope that they succeed in obtaining the financial support they need to get to Australia!
77 University of Toronto / Blue Sky (Horizon)
The Blue Sky Solar Racing team from the University of Toronto came 8th in the Challenger class in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. This year, they are racing their 8th generation vehicle, Horizon (photo above by Roberta Baker). As with many teams, they have switched to a (probably faster) asymmetrical design. Their car also has lighter batteries and improved safety systems. They are running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for transporting the car to the race in Australia. Good luck, team 77!
For up-to-date lists of all World Solar Challenge 2015 teams, see: