The Pride of Maryland - A Solar Powered Car for GM Sunraycer USA
The Pride of Maryland is a single seat solar powered trans-continental race car designed and built by engineering students at the University of Maryland. The car competed in G.M. Sunrayce USA, placing third, and has gone on to compete in the World Solar Challenge. This paper outlines the three general areas of design and development for the solar vehicle: aerodynamic, electrical, and mechanical. An exercise in high efficiency, the Pride of Maryland has been extremely successful as both a race car and as an educational tool for training student engineers in “real world” problems.