College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Solar car hits the race pace, but is slowed by chassis repairs

The students of Team PrISUm were feeling good about the start to this year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The team qualified sixth and began the day recording lap times near the top of the grid. The electrical problems that had plagued Anthelion (the $250,000 solar race car is named after the rare halo that can appear opposite the sun) were nowhere in sight.

And then, during a pit stop to change drivers, team members spotted trouble: a crack in the car’s metal frame.

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