The University of Kentucky Solar Car team is an independent, student-led organization that operates on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY through the College of Engineering. The team was formed in 1999 – nearly 15 years ago, and is one the largest, thriving, student engineering organizations on campus. With a large and active student body, the team works during the school year to construct solar vehicles. Our team also participates in national competitions which include the Formula Sun Grand Prix, hosted by the American Solar Challenge. In addition, our team brings the vehicle around the Commonwealth of Kentucky to inform and spread the awareness of efficient alternative energies throughout different communities.
To finance, design, build, and race solar-powered cars while developing our Team Members through practical experience and educating the community about alternative energy.
We strive to continuously improve our vehicle in these areas:
We develop these skills in our Team Members:
- Work Ethic
We will spread alternative energy awareness:
- Throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky in an effort to inspire students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields.
The UK Solar Car Team is always looking for new members!
- Students: All majors are invited to join. No prior experience is necessary.
- Faculty advisors: Please come share your expertise!
- Community members: Interested in helping the team? Come see how you can help.
How to join:
The University of Kentucky Solar Team accepts all interested members. Regardless of major, there are always plenty of tasks and projects that need to be completed. If you’re interested:
- Send an e-mail to UKSolarCar@gmail.com
- Attend one of our weekly Team Meetings in the DV Terrell Building
Normal Meeting times: 6PM Mondays, 11AM Saturdays in the back of the Terrel Civil Engineering Bldg, behind Funkhouser. Help me find the garage!
- Designs and builds the aerodynamic shell, the chassis, and the vehicle’s suspension.
- Coordinates the driver controls (steering, braking, acceleration).
- Integrates the solar array, maximum power point trackers, batteries, and motor controller.
- Enables the solar car to communicate with itself and to the team via the telemetry system.
- Coordinates support from generous corporations and individuals
- Manages budget of nearly $100,000
- Plans outreach events and produces media (UK Ch. 50 Videos, Website)