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The Legacy Vehicles section is dedicated to celebrating the vehicles that have made the LAAE program so successful. This success has been further reflected by students directly involved in the construction of these vehicles, as they pursue future and even current careers in engineering. If you find any incorrect or inaccurate information presented in any of these pages, please contact us so that we may fix them as quickly as possible. Clarifications and additional details about these vehicles are also welcome.

SPEED RACER
Built in 1992 - this is the first electrathon vehicle of LAAE. Qualified in last place, during the race it finished in the middle of the pack.
Speed Racer

Cool Runnings COOL RUNNINGS
Built in 1994 - this if the first solar vehicle of LAAE. First place win at Winston Solar Challenge in Dallas, Texas, July 1995.

SOLAR SHADOW
Built in 1996 - the Solar Shadow hit a home-run when it completed the World Solar Challenge across the continent of Australia in 1996. Also competed in the Winston Solar Challenge.
Solar Shadow

Light Speed LIGHT SPEED
Built in 1998 - set a national speed record (100 km in 2 hours 21 minutes) in the Solar BikeRayce USA in Kansas.

HIGH VOLTAGE
Built in 1999 - this is, by far, the nicest paint job on any of the current LAAE fleet. The first race was at the Pentad Nationals Cal State Dominguez Hills Velodrome, June 2000.
High Voltage

Light Speed II LIGHT SPEED II
Built in 2000 - Light Speed II is the replacement for Light Speed and it is the most efficient solar vehicle, utilizing the wheel motor. An average speed of 42 MPH at the ZEV Challenge.

SOLAR SHADOW II
Built in 2001 - the successor of Solar Shadow, competed in American Solar Challenge in 2001, and was the only high school that finished that race.

LIGHT SPEED III
Built in 2002 - the successor to Light Speed II. It has won the national championship in Solar BikeRayce 2002 and has raced in Solar BikeRayce 2003.
Light Speed III
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