UT Solar Vehicles Team

The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team (UTSVT) 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. To accomplish this task, we are 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 and the College of Natural Sciences. We build cars that are completely powered by the sun and enter them in local and national competitions. In addition to participating in races, the team spends a great deal of time participating in outreach events to educate the general public and K-12 students about the excitement of STEM careers with a focus on alternative energy.

Give to UTSVT View Media Visit UTSVT website.

UT ECE is pleased to recognize the UT Solar Car Team's supporters* who help make this event possible:

(*2013 and 2014 supporters)

Circuit of the Americas

Clay Cooley Nissan of South Austin Flour Freescale GM
Lockheed Martin Plantronics Schlumberger Sunpower
Texas Motor Sports  Texas Solar Energy Society Union Pacific University Co-Op

2014 Competitions

2014 is an exciting year for UTSVT. For the first time, UTSVT will participate in two competitions back-to-back: The Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge.

Formula Sun Grand Prix - July 14-19, 2014

The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is an annual track race that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses. This unique style of solar car racing is open to teams from around the world and truly tests the limits of the vehicles in handling curves, braking, and acceleration. The winner of FSGP is determined by the total number of laps completed over the three days of racing. More Information.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Official Public Day – July 19, 2014, 9am-5pm*

On Saturday, July 19th, the Formula Sun Grand Prix will be free and open to the public.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view the race, talk with the teams, and participate in a variety of educational activities, including tech talks with race sponsors and a solar car model workshop. All corporate sponsors are encouraged to attend.

*Based on 2013 schedule. Details subject to change. Check back for further updates.

American Solar Challenge - July 21-28, 2014

The American Solar Challenge (ASC) is a multi-day, 1200-1800 mile cross-country road race across North America. The event is typically held every other year during the summer and is open to solar car teams from countries all over the world.  The winner of ASC is determined by the total elapsed time to complete the race route. This year's event will start in Austin, Texas and finish in St.Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota. More Information

Attend the Kick-off Event for the American Solar Challenge

Monday, July 21st

Support the UTSVT

Like any serious engineering endeavor, the task of building and racing a solar powered car requires a vast amount of material and financial resources. The UTSVT is not guaranteed any funding from the University of Texas at Austin, and therefore operates solely on the generosity of its corporate and private sponsors. 

UT ECE welcomes corporate and individual sponsors of UTSVT and their race competition to help us be the best at the track!  UT ECE is offering race event opportunities for corporate branding, visibility, and community engagement, as well as networking opportunities.

$1500 and up:

  • Strategic and broad visibility and recognition on all publicity including University web sites, press releases, and at the Formula One racetrack (including a digital billboard). Sponsor name on t-shirts and materials.
  • Invitation to and recognition at the team dinner to meet UTSVT and other competing teams.
  • Option to present an educational demo or a technical talk at the COTA track on race day.
  • Broad branding to the Austin community as an engaged thought leader.
  • An invitation to the Official Public Day on Saturday, July 19 to view the final day of the races. This will include the opportunity to take a photo with the UT Solar Vehicle Team's solar car on the race track.

$3000 and up:

  • Enhanced branding and visibility, including branding on the car (various sizes for various sponsorships).
  • Share strategically visible tables at the race with race officials.
  • Preferred, VIP seating at the dinner with faculty and student interaction.
  • Opportunity to drive the UT Solar Car on campus for a lap around the COTA track (pending approval)
  • An invitation to the Official Public Day on Saturday, July 19 to view the final day of the races. This will include the opportunity to take a photo with the UT Solar Vehicle Team's solar car on the race track.

To support The University of Texas and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, who sponsors the UTVST student organization, contact:

Nancy Hatchett

nph@austin.utexas.edu or by phone at (512) 471-7504

  • It is important to note transmittal information in text box, on check, or in accompanying letter to ensure your support is directed to UTSVT. Please note: “2014 UT ECE Solar Car Team"
  • Invoices and instructions for payment by check by request.
  • Give by credit card

Thank you for your support!

Behind the Scenes

Building TexSun

The University of Texas at Austin Solar Vehicles Team (UTSVT) build a new solar racing car for the upcoming Formula Sun Grand Prix in June 2013.

UT Solar Vehicle Team Competes in the Formula Sun Grand Prix

The University of Texas at Austin Solar Vehicles Team (UTSVT) raced its newest solar car, the TexSun, at the Formula Sun Grand Prix, June 24-29, 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas complex.

“The Formula Sun Grand Prix challenges students to address areas of energy management, aerodynamics, fabrication and high-tech materials,” said Edgar Farrera, Circuit of The Americas’ director of sustainability. “We hope students’ involvement in this challenge inspires them to seek careers in these critical fields of study.”