"Sol" of Auburn
Date: 1991 Size: 470x323 pixels
Sol of Auburn, a solar-powered car, drew a crowd between the eagle's cage and the stadium in 1991.  Students built the nearly 20-foot long, 768-pound, electric vehicle at a cost of about $150,000 in donated parts, and more than 40,000 student hours, said faculty adviser Dr. Sushil Bhavnani of mechanical engineering.  Sol has a maximum speed of 63 mph and a cruising speed of 30 to 35, but it averaged 44.29 in finishing fourth among sixteen cars in a 50-mile race at Indianapolis in 1993.  It operated on "less energy than most hand-held dryers use."  It finished third in a 760-mile Sacramento-to-Los Angeles race, "ahead of all of the California teams, and was judged the safest vehicle in the competition."  Sol's body was rebuilt for the second time in 1995-96.
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