In 2013, the Stanford Solar Car Project student-run team raced Luminos across the Australian outback, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from Darwin to Adelaide, in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The trailer above gives just a taste of their technology + nature adventure. Some background:

The Stanford Solar Car Project began in 1989 as a student-­run organization fueled by its members’ passion for sustainable technology. Since then, student teams have built 12 solar-powered cars to compete in national and international racing events. Over the years, the project has provided dozens of undergraduates a rare opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing techniques, use cutting-­edge materials and attempt the daunting challenge of revolutionizing vehicle design to promote development of solar technologies for greener transport.

From the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, watch the full documentary: Stanford Solar Car Project: Racing on Sunshine.

The next Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will be held from October 18-25, 2015, where a record-breaking 47 teams from 25 countries will compete. The SSCP team will be racing Arctan, the project’s twelfth vehicle. You can follow their progress on Facebook.

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