Tom Stueve is our Head Advisor. He started the team in 2007.
The Oregon Solar Car Team is an experimental project revolving around the design, construction, and management of a fully functioning, fully scaled, solar-powered racing car. The team is entirely made up of high school students and was started in 2007 by Thomas Stueve, under the name Oregon High School Solar Car Team.
The team has been fueled by dedicated and determined members since its inception. Since 2007, the team has built three solar-powered cars: Heliocentric, Heliocentric II, and Lumidos. The team competes annually in the Solar Car Challenge and has placed 2nd most recently, 3rd, 4th twice, and 5th once. These cars have raced 6 times in total.
All high school students are welcome to join the team, and experience is not required to any extent.
The Oregon Solar Car Team takes a different approach to solar car design. While most teams choose to pursue the tried, true, and tested solutions, we are not afraid to try new things. Our vehicle is entirely designed and built from composite Carbon Fiber. Everything from the frame to the body, to portions of the mechanical system, are constructed from composite, resulting in an extremely lightweight car. We also pursue new and exciting possibilities for our motor, our solar panels, and our batteries. Whether it be a motor designed for use on military drones or hub wheels built by a single man in Croatia, we are not afraid to put our victory on the line in the name of pushing the envelope for what is possible. We have, and will continue to, prioritize scientific advancement over our sure victory.
We build and race solar powered cars made from Chromoly steel. We develop essential marketing and STEM skills in our members who are able to act professionally. Our team builds cars, but we also build passion, knowledge, and a work ethic in our team members.
We plan to make "Lumidos" our most efficient and successful car to date. We envision ourselves racing in Australia at the World Solar Challenge. We choose to use cutting-edge materials and techniques to further the public’s understanding of solar energy and transportation.
- We empower one another.
- We are one team, made from very different people.
- We embrace varying personalities, ideas, and processes.
- We consider all ideas based on reason regardless of the source of the idea.