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Friday, 12 August 2011

Powered by the sun and Stanford ingenuity

Stanford University
Aug 10, 2011

"The plan is to win," said Nathan Hall-Snyder, a member of the Stanford team that has designed and built a solar-powered car that will race against some of the fastest student-built solar cars in the world.

Dubbed the "Fearless Leader" by teammates, Hall-Snyder is the president of the Stanford Solar Car Project, a group of undergraduates dedicated to building and racing solar-powered vehicles. In October, after two years of hard work on their latest creation, Xenith, the team will be heading to Australia to compete in the World Solar Challenge, held every two years.

The team will be on hand at 5 p.m. Thursday for the public unveiling of the car on the Stanford campus, at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory.

Hall-Snyder, who joined the Solar Car team as a freshman, has some unfinished business to take care of. In 2009, the Stanford team finished a respectable 10th of 25 entrants, but was last out of the cars that actually finished the race (15 teams dropped out). So it was back to the drawing board for Hall-Snyder and his crew – and this time around, they're going for the gold.

Those 'crazy Californians'

At most hours of the day – and practically all hours of night – students can be found laboring in the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility on the outer edges of the Stanford campus.

"This year we focused on designing the most aerodynamic shell possible, and then designed everything else to fit inside," said Hall-Snyder.
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