Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle

Materials Engineering senior, Matt Goode, from Coggon, Iowa has been leading over 100 students within PrISUm, the solar car team at Iowa State University, in developing the world’s first solar utility vehicle (SUV) named Penumbra. This vehicle will compete in the cruiser class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to race across the Australian … Continue reading Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle

Iowa State’s solar cars wow students at North Fayette Valley

Iowa State University’s solar cars  inspire imagination and discussion at North Fayette Valley High School in West Union. North Fayette Valley science and I-Tech students met and interacted with college engineering students while asking questions about the solar car program on Monday. During the meeting, PrISUm team member Jeff Christensen, a junior in mechanical engineering, cruised around … Continue reading Iowa State’s solar cars wow students at North Fayette Valley

Solar car on display at ISU Foundation event

Members of the Order of the Knoll got to talk with students and check out Team PrISUm’s solar car on Friday, October 4, during an ISU Foundation event. The team talked about the potential of solar power as an alternative to non-renewable fuel sources and showed guests the ins and outs of the car.  

Anthelion takes a corner during the Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is part of Emerging Tech Day at the speedway, one of the special events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. Team PrISUm photo.

Anthelion shows its speed and races to fourth in Formula Sun Grand Prix

Anthelion finally proved it’s a quick and reliable solar race car. On the third and final day of this year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix for student-designed and student-built solar cars, Team PrISUm raced for another 156 laps around a nearly one-mile section of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. That was good enough to maintain the team’s hold … Continue reading Anthelion shows its speed and races to fourth in Formula Sun Grand Prix

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