The Stella Lux solar car will test and demonstrate leading-edge technology on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California on January 8, 2017 through the Trans-Atlantic Smart e-Mobility Program S4C.

The Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp will oversee the test run as the Stella Lux embodies an important part of Dutch innovation, from robotics and photonics to Smart e-Mobility and energy technology. The Minister is leading a high-tech economic mission to California focusing on these topics.

A Mazda Raceway first

Stella Lux is an “energy-positive family car” powered by solar energy. That means the car is so efficient that it will produce more energy than the average user consumes. It will be the first all solar-powered car to demonstrate new energy positive technologies at the world famous track, offering a striking contrast to the loud and high octane fuel using race cars that normally make the rounds at Laguna Seca track.

Additionally, Stella Lux will function as the pace car for the day’s race scheduled at Laguna. The Stella team will then meet with students from Monterey County, California, who had the opportunity to build their own mini-Stella and research the transportation of the future. Together, they will showcase energy positive technologies by using the solar power from Stella to power the special UV lights being used by the mini Stellas.

Award-winning design

Stella Lux won the prestigious World Solar Challenge in 2015, the year it was built. The brainpower behind Stella Lux, Solar Team Eindhoven, won a “Tech Crunch Crunchie” in the same year, beating competitors from Apple, SpaceX, Bitcoin and ESA.

Many of the leading automotive technology companies (Mercedes, Porsche, Tesla, McLaren, Audi, Ferrari, etc.) have all a tested and demonstrated breakthrough technologies (such as engines, tires, suspension, fuel, aerodynamics, etc.) at Laguna Seca.

Media must RSVP to attend the Stella Lux demonstration by emailing was-ppc@minbuza.nl by 4 p.m. on January 6, 2017. Media with other questions can email Jacquelien Nienhuis of the Royal Netherlands Embassy or Richard Tavener of Fused Learning.