Based out of Stanford's 8,000-square-foot Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, the Solar Car Project is a 30-student team working at the intersection of industry and academic research.
For the team members, who all have classes and jobs to attend to, this is basically a huge science fair project.
The team hopes to average about 60 mph during the race. They think they can finish the race in four days driving 8 hours a day, with drivers taking 4-hour shifts behind the wheel.
Most of the components for the Xenith solar car were designed and built by the Solar Car Project students in-house. Parts were machined here by the team, and software was designed by students to manage and optimize the vehicle's performance.