Update: Taiwan & UNM Solar Vehicle Project

Posted By on August 28, 2006

UNMSVPAdem Ruden, from the University of Minnesota, updated a previous post from July in regard to the UMN Solar Vehicle Project competing in Tawain. I’ll post directly from his email. Keep us posted … we’re pulling for the team! (Interesting fact: GeekSquad founder ‘attended’ UMN, but dropped out as a Junior because of cost … he is now worth millions yet is returning to college to finish his degree.)
Adem Ruden writes:
The car has supposedly arrived safely, sometime last week. Based on talk among teams and reviewing the participants page, the three cars to watch will likely be Ashiya University, Kamm Solar Racing, and us.

Ashiya’s built up an amazing record over the past decade, they’ve positively dominated Suzuka for at least the past 6 years. Mr. Joachim Kamm’s car is designed solely for this type of rally race (unlike many cars, such as ours, that were first and foremost designed for endurance races), and handily won the Rallye Solaire in France that was held in early June. As for our car, we have also built up an impressive record, and it is designed to handle well on curvy tracks. On the other end of the spectrum, there are two teams who are racing for the first time! I wish them well, and hope that they learn a lot.

It’ll be an interesting experience, and no matter what happen, I guarantee that we’re all going to have a lot of fun.


  • Adem Rudin

    We’re in Taiwan!

    The car seems to have arrived safely in one piece, everything was packed in the shipping container just as we last saw it in late July, and the car hasn’t done anything odd yet as the EE guys check everything out.

    The Iranian’s car was here when we first showed up at the pits on the 11th; it’s been sitting underneath its cover since then. I heard that they showed up early this morning (the 12th), but otherwise, they have not been seen. Principia (USA) was here early, as was Tokai (Japan) and the guys from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Obviously, the two cars from the National Kaohsiung University were already here, as they are hosting the event. Ashiya arrived today, the other Taiwanese team is expected to arrive soon, and the two German teams are supposedly arriving tomorrow or the day after.

    The race route looks extremely interesting.

    A small addition to the list of teams that I personally think will be the front runners: the Turkish car. It’s far smaller and lighter than most of the cars here, but seems to have about the same amount of batteries/motor torque as the larger cars. As several of the stages are uphill switchbacks, the lighter weight will be a distinct advantage.

  • Just letting you know, pictures are slooowly going up.

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