This is a brief compilation of photos highlighting the Aurora series (1 thru 4) of solar cars built by the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project. A more detailed history can be found at the Project's website.
A4's silicon solar array, typical for this vintage. Encapsulated with Dow Conformal coating.
Note excellent fit of canopy to shell shape, but poor coverage of solar cells within square canopy area. Silicon solar array has narrow cut cells to conform to curves along sides of car. Array is very dusty, but encapsulation is dow conformal.