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Help Build the First KU Solar Car

$10,315
103%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
27 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 01, at 11:55 PM CST
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Send KU’s first Solar Car to Competition this Summer!

March 31, 2021

Thank you so much for giving to our last campaign. KU Solar Car is crowdfunding again this year! Our goal for this campaign is to race Astra, KU’s first solar car, at the Formula Sun Grand Prix, which will take place in Topeka, KS, at the Heartland Motorsports Park from July 27th to August 2nd. The manufacturing of Astra is almost complete but we need some extra help getting to the start line. Your donation will go towards competition fees, race logistics expenses, and other expenses for Astra such as vinyl wrapping, composite materials and spare parts. Donate now at launchku.org/solarcar2021

About Us: The KU Solar Car Team is a student-led organization at the University of Kansas with over 35+ students from over 15+ majors. Our mission is to build solar-powered vehicles that compete in races across the nation, advocate for sustainable technology, and promote interdisciplinary learning and cooperation for students throughout the university.

The name of our first vehicle is derived from the Kansas state motto, “Ad Astra, per Aspera”, which translates as “To the Stars, Through Hardship”. We feel this embodies the spirit of our team and the journey we have gone through. KU Solar Car began in the Fall of 2017 and has endured many challenges and struggles to build the University of Kansas’ first solar car.  We have been putting our blood, sweat and tears into making this happen and we are incredibly excited to race for the first time and represent our university!

The Race: The Formula Sun Grand Prix is an endurance race where the goal is to complete as many laps as possible on the race track over three days using only energy gathered from the sun. The race will take place at the Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS and feature competition from universities worldwide. Astra will be competing in the Single Occupant Vehicle class. Check out more info about the race here.

Thank you,

The KU Solar Car Team

https://www.kusolarcar.com/ 

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Thank you!

December 02, 2019

The KU Solar car team wants to extend their gratitude to everyone who donated to the campaign. Every dollar helps us reach our goal, no matter the amount, your contribution mattered. 

 

(If you donated a bigger amount, we will be sending out thank you letters and videos soon!)

 

If you or someone you know didn’t have the opportunity to donate during the campaign, you can continue to donate by emailing solarcar@ku.edu

 

Kickin it into High Gear

November 18, 2019

Two weeks into our media LaunchKu and we have already hit 4.1k in donations. Thank you, donors! We appreciate the support and quick responses to donate over the last two weeks.

 

Last week, we unveiled our solar car aeroshell design! (see below) Be sure to share the news about our project. Reaching as many people as possible helps us diversify our outreach. On social media be sure to share, like, and give us a comment about what you think of our mission. Help us to diversify our project and pave the way to success for the KU School of Engineering

 

Thank you for your support,

KU Solar Car

We're Making Motion

November 06, 2019

A few days into our media LaunchKU and we have already hit 2.4k in donations. Thank you, donors! We appreciate the support and quick responses to donate over the last few days. 

 

Let's keep this going! Be sure to share the news about our project. Reaching as many people as possible helps us diversify our outreach. On social media be sure to share, like, and give us a comment about what you think of our mission. Help us to diversify our project and pave the way to success for the KU School of Engineering.

 

Thank you for your support,

KU Solar Car

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$10

KU Solar Car Spectator

Thank you for your gift! In appreciation for your support, we will send you a thank you email and video from our team.

$25

KU Solar Car Fan

Thank you! As a token of our gratitude, we will place your name on our website’s donor wall in addition to sending you a thank you email and video from our team.

$50

KU Solar Car Enthusiast

Thank you for making a difference! As a thank you, we will send you a signed photo from our team, along with a thank you video and being listed on our donor wall!

$100

KU Solar Car Supporter

To thank you for making a gift at our KU Solar Car Supporter level, please accept our exclusive invitation to tour our workshop, along with getting our thank you video and being listed on the donor wall.

$250

KU Solar Car Team Donor

We are grateful for your support! As a thank you, we will send you a thank you email and video from our team.

$500

KU Solar Car Patron

To thank you for your generous gift at our KU Solar Car Patron level, we will send you an invitation to our donor thank-you event next year. We will also send you the thank you email and video and list you on our donor wall.

$1,000

KU Solar Car V.I.P.

To show our sincerest appreciation for your generous gift of $1,000 (or more) at our KU Solar Car V.I.P. level, we will send you an invitation to sit inside of the solar car along with a thank you email and video from our team.

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