The Bochum SolarCar Project serves as the main representative of its university ever since being initiated by Prof. Friedbert Pautzke at the beginning of the century. It's primary objective aims at competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a biennial race in Australia created exclusively for solar powered vehicles. Entrant vehicles from Bochum have regularly been among the most prominent innovations at the challenge for years, thanks to a long-term approach of problem based learning. Over time the project was awarded additional prizes and honorary accolades. In 2012, the SolarWorld GT covered a distance of almost 30,000 km around the world, securing itself and its team a permanent spot at Guinness World Records. In 2015 the project was awarded the German Solar Prize.