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Volkswagen Group of America Supports Stanford University And Solar Car Racing

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a proud sponsor of The Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP), which raced its car “Apogee” in the 2010 American Solar Challenge.  The Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time and distance rally event. Teams from 17 universities worldwide competed in the 1,100 mile drive from Broken Arrow, Okla., to Naperville, Ill., with Stanford taking an exciting 4th overall finish!

Our support of the Stanford team included providing the students with access to engineering expertise and mentorship from the researchers at the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab, a Volkswagen Touareg as a support vehicle for the team, and financial support of $50,000 over the course of two years.

The race is not over yet, as the Stanford team also hopes to participate in the World Solar Challenge, a trans-continental race across Australia, traveling the 1,877 miles from Darwin to Adelaide using solar power.

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Researching Tomorrow’s Innovations

Volkswagen Group of America supports the Stanford Solar Car Project as part of its goal to accelerate automotive-related research in the areas of vehicle safety, mobility and environmental performance — all factors that will have a very real impact on the vehicles that consumers buy in the future. The company focuses on advancing these pursuits through increased collaboration with a global community of academic and industrial partners committed to the future of automotive research.

Supporting Stanford University

Our sponsorship of the SSCP is part of a larger, ongoing relationship with Stanford University. In April 2010, Volkswagen formally dedicated the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL). This $5.75 million commitment to automotive and clean air technology research at the Stanford School of Engineering includes $2 million for building construction and another $750,000 a year for five years to fund research and teaching activities.

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