The picture of a crashed solar car over at Popular Mechanics shows how dangerous the sport can be. MIT's Tesseract flipped over during a qualifying run. "We don't actually know what happened, the qualifying standard for WSC 2005 was that the cars needed to drive two laps around a twisty, curvy road course, with the second lap determining the starting order. Looking back, this is a recipe for disaster, " MIT team captain Alexander Hayman says.
Fortunately, that recipe for disaster is being remedied with roll cages, safety harnesses, braking and evacuation tests and mandatory helmets.
[Source: Popular Mechanics]