The University of Texas at Austin’s Solar Vehicles Team, a volunteer student-run organization that represents the university at international solar car competitions, will be the local university host for the Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas from June 24-29th.
“Circuit of The Americas shares the Formula Sun Grand Prix’s commitment to the environment, and is excited to host this competition at the first purpose-built Formula 1 racing facility to become a member of the Green Sports Alliance,” Circuit Director of Sustainability Edgar Farrera said in the statement. “The Formula Sun program challenges students to address areas of energy management, aerodynamics, fabrication and high-tech materials, and we hope students’ involvement in this challenge inspires them to seek careers in these critical fields of study.”
All of the Grand Prix’s solar car events will be free and open to the public.
The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team is a student-driven effort to design, build, test, and race solar vehicles for the purpose of raising awareness of solar power, reinforcing skills learned in the classroom, and bringing solar power closer to practicality. UTSVT is a multidisciplinary group consisting not only of various engineers from the College of Engineering, but also of students from other colleges, like the College of Liberal Arts.