Solar car specificEdit

  • The Leading Edge: Aerodynamic Design of Ultra-streamlined Land Vehicles, Goro Tamai; 1999
    • Goro Tamai was a large part of MIT's solar car team in the early 1990s. This book is considered the "solar car aerodynamics bible" by the University of Minnesota team. If you have a 1st edition of the book, there are some errors. Corrections for the first edition can be found here.
  • The Winning Solar Car: A Design Guide for Solar Race Car Teams, Douglas Carroll; 2003
  • Racing with the Sun: The 1990 World Solar Challenge, Chester Kyle; 1991
  • Speed Of Light: The 1996 World Solar Challenge, Roche, Schinckel, Storey, Humphris, and Guelden; 1997

General Engineering TextsEdit

  • Drive to Win, Carroll Smith; 1996
  • Tune to Win, Carroll Smith; 1978
  • Prepare to Win, Carroll Smith; 1975
  • Engineer to Win, Carroll Smith; 1984
  • Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners, and Plumbing, Carroll Smith; 1990
    • Although all of Carroll Smith's books are valuable resources, "Nuts & Bolts" and "Prepare/Engineer to Win" pertain much more to solar car than "Drive/Tune to Win"
  • Race Car Vehicle Dynamics, Milliken and Milliken; 1995

Misc DocumentsEdit

Race RegulationsEdit

Solar Car Team DocumentationEdit

If any teams have historical documentation or reference documents specific to their team that they would like to share, please upload it here.

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle ProjectEdit

Web ResourcesEdit

Technical DocumentationEdit


NGM SC-M150Edit

  • NGM SC-M150 Manual
    • Note: this manual is from ~1999. There were at least two different generations of the SC-M150; this manual is for the older version. I believe that the only differences between the two types of SC-M150 motors are cosmetic/for weight savings, and the motors are functionally and dimensionally identical, but YMMV.
  • NGM SC-M150 Specs
    • From 2002 or so.
  • NGM SC-M150 Data
    • Some data on SC-M150 performance at various air gap settings. Efficiency, torque vs. rpm, etc.
  • File:SAE NGM SCM150 Report.pdf
    • Very detailed SAE report from 2002 on the performance of this motor.


Motor ControllersEdit

NGM ControllersEdit

Tritium ControllersEdit



  • NGM aluminum wheel diagram
    • From late 2000 or so.
    • The data sheet lists a nominal load capacity of 500lbs. Think about this when driving at a closed-course track event, it is very possible to exceed this load rating in a turn if the solar car is on the heavy side. Teams have broken NGM rims in the past; Illinois State had trouble with theirs at the 2009 FSGP, and the University of Calgary had issues during qualifying for ASC 2010.

Power TrackersEdit