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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.
Fill 'er up
In the 2003 race, the car from the University of Western Michigan fills up with solar--while providing a shady spot for the team. The cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity to power their cars.