7th Annual Alternative Energy Vehicle Rally

Race Results

February 19-20, 1999

Production EV
   1st - Al Simpler from Triple Crown Motor Works in Tallahassee, FL
    2nd - Marshall Academy in Falls Church, VA

Tour de Sol
   1st - Ed Passerini from Tuscaloosa, AL

Commuter EV
    1st - Steve Clunn from Ft. Pierce, FL

High School EV
    1st - Marshall Academy in Falls Church, VA
    2nd - Richmond Technical Center in Richmond, VA
    3rd - Miramar Academy in Miramar, FL

Cross Continental
    1st - Columbus State Community College in Colubus, OH

Open - Hybrid
    1st - Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA
    2nd - Cal Shultz from Longwood, FL

    1st - NASA/EG&G from Kennedy Space Center, FL
    2nd - NASA from Kennedy Space Center, FL
    3rd - American Honda Motor Company in Smyrna, GA and Tampa, FL

Electrathon TM
   1st - Coopersville High School in Coopersville, MI
    2nd - Byron Center High School in Byron Center, MI
    3rd - University of South Florida in Tampa, FL

Formula Lightning
    1st - Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
    2nd - Kettering University in Flint, MI
    3rd - FAMU/FSU in Tallahassee, FL

Overall Design Award
    1st - Kettering Unviersity - Formula Lightning
    2nd - Pennsylvania State University - Open
    3rd - Coopersville High School - Electrathon

Design Award by Classification
    Production EV - Al Simpler, Tallahassee, FL
    Tour de Sol - Ed Passerini, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Commuter EV - University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    High School EV - Marshall Academy, Falls Church, VA
    Cross Continental - Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
    Open - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
    Electrathon - Coopersville High School, Coopersville, MI
    Formula Lightning - Kettering University, Flint, MI
In the spirit of automotive innovation, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), Florida Energy Office of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, EDS, and the Space Coast Clean Cities' Coalition sponsored the SunDay Challenge. This new breed of auto rally showcased and promoted alternative energy vehicle technology. 

The rally traveled west through cities and rural areas of Florida, allowing drivers to demonstrate vehicle handling, acceleration, viability, and energy-efficiency. 

The event was held Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 1999.  The rally start ed at the new location of the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa.  The vehicles  travelled across country to Walt Disney World near Orlando, where this exciting racing event concluded at the Walt Disney World Speedway.

By definition, an alternative-energy vehicle is one that utilizes a primary power source other than gasoline or diesel fuel, e.g. solar or electric energy. 

To reflect various design orientations, the rally will include the following seven vehicle classes: 
Electrathon TM
Formula Lighting 
Tour de Sol 
Solar Cross-Continental (i.e. SunRayce) 
Open class (vehicles not meeting qualifications of other categories).

Results from the 6th Annual SunDay Challenge

Official SunDay Challenge Program