Events & Media: Solar Vehicle at Bren

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


The Bren School hosts the solar-powered vehicle that is seeking to become the first
to circumnavigate the globe, setting a world record for distance traveled by a solar-powered car.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Between Bren Hall and MSI

The SolarWorld Gran Turismo (GT) will be making history as the first car powered only by the sun to circumnavigate the globe. The SolarWorld GT began the U.S. leg of its "World Wide Solar Ride" in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (It has already crossed Australia and New Zealand and was then transported by ship to San Francisco.) From the Bren School, it will make its way down the California coast and then across the southern U.S., ending its transcontinental run in South Carolina before being shipped to Spain to begin the European leg. The 49-day U.S. portion will cover 3,774 miles and include five planned stops and visits to universities, nonprofit organizations, and SolarWorld’s commercial hub in Camarillo, California. SolarWorld is the largest manufacturer of solar panels in the U.S.

This journey will establish the Guinness Book of World Records benchmark for the longest distance ever covered by a solar car. The SolarWorld GT, a collaboration between SolarWorld and the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany, is a two-seater sports car fueled by roof-integrated solar panels.

At each stop, SolarWorld representatives will join the vehicle’s drivers and crew, and the college students who developed and designed the vehicle at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, to host a reception showcasing the car. One lucky audience member the chance to ride in the SolarWorld GT.

Follow the SolarWorld GT’s route through the U.S. and enter the “Where in the U.S. is the SolarWorld GT” contest at the SolarWorld Facebook page.