The sun-powered vehicle that the University of Michigan's top-ranked Solar Car Team will race in a global contest this fall is the smallest and most aerodynamic that any U-M team has ever built.
The long, skinny, single-fairing car is named Novum — Latin for "new thing."
On a route through some of the nation's most wild and scenic places, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team hopes to bring back its sixth consecutive victory in the American Solar Challenge.
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In one of the closest World Solar Challenges in the history of the 1,800-mile sun-powered auto race, the University of Michigan was the first American team to cross the finish line in Adelaide, Australia.
The nation's top solar car racing team from the University of Michigan will hit the starting line this weekend for the World Solar Challenge — an 1,800-mile journey through the Australian Outback.
With a car that seats the driver so far to the right they had to design an elbow bulge into the chassis, the nation's top-ranked solar car team Friday unveiled the vehicle it will race across Australia in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge this fall.
An atypical U-M solar car squad raced in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge in typical U-M solar car fashion: finishing on top.
The Solar Car Team, composed of U-M alumni and students, partnered with students from the University of Abu Dhabi to race its championship car, Quantum, against 15 teams from six continents.
In vehicles powered by the sun, students from Abu Dhabi University and the University of Michigan will join forces in a grueling, four-day race across the United Arab Emirates.
Through Texas heat and tornado alley, the U-M Solar Car Team hopes to bring back its fifth consecutive trophy in the American Solar Challenge, which starts Sunday in Austin, Texas.