AERO Sustainable Material Technology’s partnership with the Illini Solar Car program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has helped catapult the Illini Solar Car team to success in the American Solar Challenge July 22 – August 7, 2021. The Illini Solar Car sponsorship reflects AERO’s dedication to environmental sustainability and “paying it forward” to future chemists and engineers.

As a result of AERO’s contributions, our team had the best finish ever in this summer’s American Solar Challenge with our SOV car ’Brizo‘ finishing 3rd at the track qualifier race and 4th during the main road race,” said Hongbo Yuan, mechanical lead on Illini Solar Car. “Besides AERO allowing us to ’dress up‘ our car, the durable film safeguarded the carbon fiber body of the car from degradation,” continued Yuan. “The AERO lightweight film allowed us to coat and decorate the car without heavy spray paint, and the film itself was much easier to apply compared to spray painting,” added Yuan. “With AERO’s support, we are optimistic for the future as we continue toward our goal of becoming a world-renowned team whilst forwarding progress in sustainable energy.”

We were excited to work on Brizo with the Illini team for the American Solar Challenge” said Jim McGuire, CEO of AERO Sustainable Material Technology, Inc. “AERO lives at the crossroads of environmental sustainability and performance, without compromise on either attribute. The team both developed and successfully demonstrated the capability of sustainable performance, while also completing their university studies! This kind of future-forward thinking in environmentally sustainable products is exactly what drives AERO, so we’re extremely enthusiastic for what the future generation will bring to this industry.”