The Iowa State University solar car project was started in 1989 by the Iowa State University engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. PrISUm, the first car constructed by the team, participated in the GM Sunrayce USA, from the EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida, to the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. The car finished 17th out of the 32-team field made up of colleges and universities throughout North America. After the race, ISU’s Tau Beta Pi could not continue to devote the time and energy necessary to design, build, and race a solar car. The project became a university-wide multidisciplinary organization.
Total Weight: < 1100 lbs
Suspension: MacPhearson Strut
Materials: Fiberglass (body), Aluminum Space Frame (structure)
Motor: Uniq Mobility permanent magnet 1.5 hp brushless DC
1990 GM Sunrayce USA: 17th place
The 1990 GM Sunrayce USA started on July 9th in Orlando, Florida and ended on July 19th in Warren, Michigan.