Photos: Solar Challenge--2,500 mile car 'rayce'

Photos: Solar Challenge--2,500 mile car 'rayce'

Summary: Teams from the U.S. and Canada will step on the sun for a "rayce" of solar-powered cars from Austin to Calgary.


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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.

  • MIT Tesseract

    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.

Topic: CXO

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