University of Michigan Solar Car Team Wins Third American Solar Challenge

In support of green energy development and deployment, FastenerMart.com sponsors the University of Michigan Solar Car Team and congratulates them on their third ASC win.

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Infinium, University of Michigan's solar-powered vehicle. (Photo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post "Students Go For Sun-Day Drive.")

This marks the third consecutive first place ASC win for the University of Michigan team.

Middletown, DE (PRWEB) September 1, 2010

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognized the University of Michigan Solar Car Team for winning the 2010 American Solar Challenge (ASC). Sustainable sources of energy, such as solar power, are good for the environment. Helping to harness that energy and put it to work efficiently is the job of the Solar Car Team at the University of Michigan. The purpose of the student-run organization is to "design, finance, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle in competitions around North America and the world."

One of 13 teams to compete in the weeklong, 1,100 mile cross-country time/distance rally event from Broken Arrow, OK, to Naperville, IL, the University of Michigan's car, Infinium, completed the event with a total elapsed time of 28 hours 14 minutes—2 hours 12 minutes ahead of the second place winner. This marks the third consecutive first place ASC win for the University of Michigan team.

Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the aerodynamics division of the team recently completed wind tunnel testing to better understand airflow properties of Infinium. Valuable data gleaned from that testing will be used to improve performance of future designs. "We did a very thorough analysis and we strongly feel that there is significant room for improvement," said Robert Forsyth, a junior in Aerospace Engineering.

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