Rayces

Why build a solar-powered race car and not compete it? The QSVT is a regular competitor in a number of rayces across North America and the world.

WSC

World Solar Challenge

Held every odd-numbered year (next event will be held in 2007), the World Solar Challenge (WSC) is considered to be the premier competition in the sport of solar vehicle racing. The competition is held in Australia with the route going from Darwin on the North coast to Adelaide on the South coast on open roads, travelling through the heart of the Outback. In 1990, Sunquest became the first ever Canadian team to complete the race and the QSVT has had excellent success ever since.

Year
Car Name
Number of Entrants
Finish
Title
1990
unknown
24
First ever Canadian team to complete the race
1997
unknown
11
Top North American finisher
1999
40
2
2nd place finish, less than 15 minutes behind champion
Best University team
Best North American team
2001
37
5
First place in Production Class
Top Canadian team
2003
33
4
1st place 2-seater solar vehicle
Top Canadian Team
Winner of Hans Tholstrup Award for the spirit of the WSC Competition
2007
37
15
Finished 15th in Challenge Class

 

Sunrayce

Sunrayce

Started in 1990 as the GM Sunrayce USA and held biannually since 1993 under the name Sunrayce, this competition has attracted some of the brightest minds from across North America. The course for this race changes every year travelling across the United States on open roads. With the high costs of sending a team to compete in the World Solar Challenge, many teams compete only in this race, making it an incredibly competitive race. Unlike the WSC, teams are required to abide by local speed limits making reliability crucial to a winning car. In 2000, Sunrayce was renamed to the American Solar Challenge.

Year
Car Name
Number of Entrants
Finish
Title
1993
36
14
1995
38
6
Highest Canadian placing ever
1997
36
10
1999
36
2
Second Overall
Best Canadian finish

 

ASC

American Solar Challenge

Like its predecessor Sunrayce, the American Solar Challenge (ASC) is held biannually and travels across the USA with the route changing each time the event is held. This competition attracts teams from some of the top universities across North America. In 2005, the event entered Canada for the first time seeing teams travel approximately 3900km from Austin, Texas to Calgary, Alberta. The event was subsequently renamed the North American Solar Challenge

Year
Car Name
Number of Entrants
Finish
Title
2001
30
4
2003
30
7
First place 2-seater vehicle

Won Best Array, Best Electrical System and the “To Boldly Go” Award for our innovative 2-seater design

2005
20
15
Top 2-seater vehicle
2008
14
12
Finished 12th (106:36:20)

 

Canadian Solar Discovery Challenge

Canadian Solar Discovery Challenge

This event was held between 6 teams from London, Ontario to Montreal Quebec in 1997. The QSVT placed first in this competition with the fastest total time, making them the unofficial National Champions. The team also won an Award for Technical Innovation for the solar array.

 

Great Canadian Solar Challenge

The very first solar car race ever held in Canada, the GCSC took place on the University of Waterloo’s campus. The two cars raced around the campus’s ring road. The only entrants in the competition were QSVT and University of Waterloo. Photomoto, QSVT’s vehicle, claimed first place.