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SIUE Solar Car Team Experiences the Benefits of using Magnesium Plate for Lightweighting

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By: Kris Kitchen
Posted On: February 21st, 2019

How do you educate lightweighting with magnesium? Start as early as possible! Luxfer Magnesium Rolled Products (MRP) is excited to be helping the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) Solar Car team with magnesium education and material. Luxfer MRP was impressed with the students as they came prepared with great applications for various components within the Solar Car. Of course, the best part of educating with magnesium is the reaction of the audience when the material is handled. The SIUE students knew first hand after touching the material that great possibilities could be achieved with magnesium plate. Understanding that the foundation of mechanical design starts with the material is always essential to success, which the SIUE students had a deep appreciation for very quickly.

Founded in 2004, the SIUE Solar Car Team has continuously been striving to build a better, faster, and more efficient solar car. Through engineering and business students, the team is comprised of like-minded and innovative individuals preparing to compete the Formula Sun Grand Prix in 2019.

The SIUE Solar Car Team has participated in several racing events. This includes the 2015 Formula Sun Grand Prix where the SIUE Solar Car drove over 225 miles on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. They placed top ten in the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix, finished first in the grandfathered class in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix, and participated in the 2018 American Solar Challenge for the first time in 14 years.

Luxfer MRP is proud to sponsor this year’s team and wish them luck this summer at the race. Make sure you visit their webpage ( as they are always looking for support and donations.

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