The Stanford Solar Car Project participates in the World Solar Challenge, which consists of a solar car race across 3000 km (1864 miles) from Darwin to Adelaide through the desert in Australia.
Tesla’s CTO said: “Solar car team’s technologies are often ahead of their time in terms of looking at next best generation of batteries, best solar panels, best motors and efficient converters, things like that.”
Straubel added: “I had many friends that were part of the team throughout my time there and I recruited most of the people from the team, and we started Tesla. It was a key thing in the beginning of Tesla.”
He then explained how the project still affects the company and its recruiting effort today – 13 years after its founding: “I think it matters more than most classes you can take. I mean it’s one of the things that even today at Tesla we look at on resumes and we consider it higher than GPAs, and perhaps even higher than what classes they decided to take.”