Who We Are

The Midnight Sun Solar Rayce Car Team is named after a natural phenomenon in the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, where the sun would remain visible for 24 hours a day - ideal for sustainable solar power. As the largest student project on campus, we design and build world-class solar race cars for competition around the globe. The team is almost fully comprised of University of Waterloo undergraduate students, with majority of funding raised from our wonderful sponsors.
  
 

 


 

It Began with a Vision
 
Founded in 1988, Midnight Sun humbly began with the ambitious idea of a solar powered bike. Since then, we have built and raced 10 custom-designed solar cars - each iteration requiring 2-3 years to complete. A combination of industry-proven methods and generations of team-developed processes ensures that we always push boundaries in efficiency and performance.
   
Our Competitions

Midnight Sun's proving grounds lie within two major international solar car competitions: the World Solar Challenge (Australia) and the American Solar Challenge (USA). We race our vehicle against dozens of university solar car teams around the world; across race tracks, highways, and deserts stretching thousands of kilometers per race.


A Place for Learning

As a student team, we put great effort in providing a hands-on opportunity for students of all academic faculties. From conception to track testing, members can expect to gain vital experience in Solidworks, Altium Designer, Technical Manufacturing Processes, Professional Interaction, and Public Presentation Skills - practical knowledge beyond the classroom setting.

Raising the Bar

Consistently billed as the Top Canadian Team at participating races, we expect the best and continually strive to innovate. We are the first team to implement an Adaptable Fairing Design for significantly greater wheel aerodynamics. Midnight Sun VII also currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest single journey by a solar-electric vehicle at 15,070 km - more than double the previous record.

  
Community & Outreach


Midnight Sun is more than just building world-class solar cars - we are also about community involvement and education. You will often find us at Tech Conventions, University Student Events, Elementary/Secondary School Presentations, and Sponsor Events. It is the aim that our work and aspirations will inspire the economical use of solar and other environmentally-friendly technologies down the road.