4 of 12Image
To get the most out of limited power and take advantage of aerodynamics, cars are designed to run as low to the ground as possible. Here the University of Minnesota's team driver peers over the hood.
Principia College RA 6
Principia College, a liberal arts college in Elsah, Ill., with approximately 550 students, qualified for the race in RA 6 despite not having an engineering department. Cars can run at highway speeds but speed and distance covered is sometimes determined by the weather.
The MIT Solar Electronic Vehicle team had an unexpected problem while taking Tesseract out for a test ride. According to the team's Web site, a Massachusetts state trooper pulled the car over for not properly displaying its license plates. He also noted several other violations such as no headlights and taillights.