Quantum is the team’s 11th vehicle. The team finished Quantum earlier than previous cars, allowing for more testing time and time to design second iteration parts. The car weighs in at just around 320 pounds without a driver – 200 pounds lighter than our last car, Infinium! Quantum is also 30% more aerodynamic than Infinium and is the best solar car the team has ever raced in the World Solar Challenge.
Racing successfully goes beyond building the best car, it also must be driven correctly. Race strategy involves developing detailed mathematic models of the various systems of the vehicle and using these models to predict vehicle performance during the race. We also take into account weather data from our team meteorologist, which allows us to optimize our energy consumption.
|Weight||320 lbs. (without driver)|
|Solar Cells||Silicon Cells|
|Tires||Michelin, low rolling resistance tires|
|CDA||<0.1, ultra aerodynamic|
|Anticipated Top Speed||105 MPH|
|Nominal Power Output||<2 hp|
|Maximum Power Output||12.3 hp|
|Chassis & Body||Carbon Fiber Monocoque|
|Motor||In-hub, brushless electric DC motor
(approximately 98% efficient)
|Dimensions||16’ long x 5’ wide x 3.5’ tall|