June 7, 2011
For the first time in its history, a Michigan State University team successfully designed, built, and raced a solar car.
Five members of the solar car team competed in May in the 2011 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Their car, named Brasidius II, completed 207 laps over two days, totaling 186.3 miles. The MSU team tied for 7th place with Western Michigan University, out of ten teams. MSU team members Lindsay Karn and Manila Ounsombath were also honored with the FSGP Spirit Award.
The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track style event that provides teams the opportunity to test and compete off the open road.