Mechanical System

The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team continues to develop and improve its mechanical systems with each vehicle. The mechanical system generally consists of the suspension, brakes, chassis, and steering. Design begins with Solidworks, a computer modeling software, where students work in conjunction with the aero team to maximize efficiency. Using a finite element analysis method, students optimize each component, while working under the constraints of rules and the aerodynamic body.

After a few months of deliberation, the team moves forward with a design, jumping straight into construction. All work on the vehicle is done in-house by the students themselves. Most production and all assembly is completed in our shop on campus. Thanks to the generous support of the Institute and the Edgerton Center, SEVT has the resources and space it needs to complete such an extensive project.



  • Measurements: 4600mm Length X 1650mm Width X 1100mm Height
  • Weight: 550lbs (without driver)
  • Wheels: 4
  • Tyres: Urban Concept Tyres from Michelin (specially designed for solar cars)
  • Top Speed: 120km/hr
  • Front Suspension: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension: Trailing Arm


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