Sunrayce 99

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Sunrayce 99 was an intercollegiate solar car race sponsored by General Motors, EDS, and the US Department of Energy. The race began on June 20, 1999 in Washington, D.C. and finished on June 29, 1999 at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.[1] The event was won by the University of Missouri at Rolla (now Missouri S&T). Sunrayce 99 was the fifth and final race in the Sunrayce series and was followed by the first American Solar Challenge in 2001. The overall success of the event was limited by difficult weather conditions. Teams battled clouds and rain throughout the race, and no team avoided having to trailer their car for at least part of the race route.

Teams were allowed deviate from the traditional lead–acid battery technology for the first time in Sunrayce 99 when nickel–metal hydride batteries were approved for use. The new battery technology offered equivalent capacity to lead acid batteries but weighed several hundred pounds less. Nickel–metal hydride batteries were very expensive at the time, so only the most well funded teams could afford them. Unfortunately the rainy weather and slow speeds neutralized the advantage of the new battery technology.

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Position Car # Team Total Elapsed Time Total Average Speed
1 42 University of Missouri - Rolla 56:16:44 25.30
2 100 Queen's University 57:04:02 24.95
3 74 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 64:08:10 22.20
4 35 University of Minnesota 64:24:13 22.11
5 9 Iowa State University 65:28:13 21.75
6 43 University of Missouri 66:00:13 21.57
7 77 Messiah College 69:43:06 20.42
8 101 École de technologie supérieure 70:03:58 20.32
9 11 Kansas State University 70:23:48 20.23
10 24 University of Waterloo 72:42:15 19.58
11 33 Ohio State University 74:50:57 19.02
12 17 University of Pennsylvania 75:33:21 18.84
13 16 Stanford University / University of California, Berkeley 77:27:20 18.38
14 4 Clarkson University 78:44:03 18.08
15 7 Yale University 78:59:32 18.03
16 31 University of Oklahoma 79:17:27 17.96
17 2 University of Michigan 79:28:39 17.92
18 00 University of North Dakota 81:02:42 17.57
19 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato and Winona 82:23:12 17.28
20 98 University of Toronto 82:44:18 17.21
21 14 Lincoln Land Community College 83:28:48 17.06
22 314 Purdue University 84:05:37 16.93
23 454 Western Michigan University 85:10:50 16.72
24 8 University of Arizona 86:20:44 16.49
25 777 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 89:39:23 15.88
26 32 Principia College 94:20:48 15.09
27 87 University of Virginia 97:58:13 14.53
28 21 New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology 97:58:39 14.53
29 762 United States Military Academy 100:32:49 14.16

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