NU Solar - Seventh Generation
Building a New Solar Car
Who Are We?
The Northwestern University Solar Car Team (NUsolar) is an undergraduate student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered vehicles. Our mission is to advance the education and career preparation of Northwestern students by providing hands-on project management, design, and manufacturing experience, while also providing an outlet for students to showcase their skills and commitment to potential employers. By demonstrating the feasibility of solar power, we also promote sustainability and raise awareness of alternative energy in the community.
Since being founded in 1997, we have built six cars and competed in over 10 races. The team is currently building its seventh solar car, SC7, to compete in the upcoming American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix. Universities from all around the world participate in these races, providing students with opportunities to not only compete, but learn from one another how to design a better car. SC7’s design reflects the distillation of years of knowledge and experience into a car that represents the next step in developing market-ready solar vehicle applications.
Our new design calls for two high-efficiency motors that power a four-wheel car. Currently, the only motor we have is more than ten years old and no longer in good working condition. Our limited budget prevents us from purchasing these motors on our own, so we’re hoping you can help.
We hope to raise over $12,000 through your generous support. This will help cover the cost of purchasing two new Mistuba motors and motor controllers. These motors are specially built for solar cars, configured for low power/high torque to improve endurance, and are 98% efficient. They are the motors used by almost all of today's solar car teams around the country.With these motors, we can optimize SC7’s efficiency and performance, pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished with solar power, and ensuring that the Northwestern Solar Car Team will continue to design, think, and innovate for years to come.
One Mitsuba motor costs $11,000. We have already received an $11,000 grant to cover the cost of one motor. The first $11,000 raised by you will go towards purchasing our second motor. The remaining $1000 will go towards the electrical systems we need to integrate the motors into our car.
Any donation, of any amount, will help us make new breakthroughs in the development of alternative energy vehicles. We truly appreciate your support and generosity.
Driven by Innovation, Fueled by the Sun, Funded by You. Thank You.