The Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy – Racing Towards Efficiency
Dating back to 1999, the University of Arizona Solar Racing Team has been building exclusively solar-powered cars from scratch. Over the years, the UA Solar Racing Team has competed in a host of various races, from Sunrayce in 1999, to the Formula-Sun Michigan competition in 2001, to the exclusive North America Solar Challenge, in which the team has actively competed from 2001 through 2008. Lasting nearly a full month and ranging from Texas to Calgary, Canada, the full length of the race is over 2400 miles. In 2001, the Arizona Solar Racing Team took first place in their class, and, most recently took tenth overall against a total of 22 fierce competitors from around the globe.