College of Science & Engineering
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (SVP) was founded by a group of undergraduate students from the College of Science and Engineering in 1990 and competed in the 1993 GM Sunrayce with its first Solar Car, Aurora I. Since then, The SVP has remained true to its original foundation as a student-administered, designed, and built project that teaches members about engineering and management in a complete product development environment. The team has built thirteen solar vehicles, and is one of the most decorated teams in America.
Eos II, the team's most recent vehicle, exemplifies the change of direction that the SVP has taken in recent years. The team was the first American team to compete in the Cruiser Class at the World Solar Challenge. In addition to speed, this class focuses on practicality and the number of people in the car. This poses several new design criteria to give the team room to innovate.
Eos II was one of only five cruiser cars to completely finish the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Eos I placed fourth in the 2016 Formula Sun Grand Prix and tenth in the 2016 American Solar Challenge, the only cruiser competitor to qualify for either race.
The SVP team uses MSI for aerodynamic simulation and teaching purposes.