UM Solar wins Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge

UM Solar wins Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge

Submitted by Bronco648 on January 20th, 2015 at 11:37 AM
By only a small margin, the team was the first to cross the finish line on the last day of the competition. Overall, Quantum finished roughly two and a half minutes ahead of the second place team, Petroleum Institute.
The team has a history of strong performances in global solar competitions, but this is the first race they have won on an international stage.
One more layer of firsts was the team’s partnership with Abu Dhabi University, ADU. More than a dozen ADU engineering students joined the U-M squad throughout the event.
“This was a really, really good experience, and it was fun learning about how the car works,” says Mohamed Mukhashin, a fourth year mechanical engineering student at Abu Dhabi University. “Everyone was very friendly and it was impressive to watch their work ethic. Hopefully in two years we will have our own car and be able to be in the race with our new friends.”
The team was awarded their trophy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 World Future Energy Summit, which kicks off Abu Dhabi Sustainability week. Quantum will be on display in various venues through the weeklong event.

Congratulations to UM Solar on their first international victory. You can read the whole story HERE

Next up is the World Solar Challenge, in Australia, in October. Go Blue!

ASC 2014 - Formula Sun Gran Prix

ASC 2014 - Formula Sun Gran Prix

Submitted by Bronco648 on July 18th, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Hi All, it's been a while since UM Solar has been in competition. After a rather disappointing World Solar Challenge, by UM standards, the team has rebounded and is currently sitting in P1 for the Formula Sun Gran Prix. As previously, the Formula Sun GP sets the starting slots for the American Solar Challenge. Basically, this is qualifying.

To sum up:

July 16 - Successfully passed thru scrutineering
 
July 17 - By End of Day, at 6pm, Michigan had completed 69 laps around Circuit of the Americas and was the only team to qualify for the American Solar Challenge. Michigan led the race for throughout the course of the 8 hours of racing. As of the end of Day 1, Michigan leads the second place team, Western Michigan, by 18 laps.
 
July 18 - UM Solar currently has completed 30 laps with Minnesota second with 27 and HAVIN third with 25. UM Solar continues to be the only team qualified for the ASC 2014.
 
Entrants:
Team # – Name
2 – University of Michigan
20 – Western Michigan: Sunseeker
256 – Oregon State
35 – University of Minnesota
92 – ETS Quebec: Eclipse
55 – Polytechnique Montreal: Esteban
8 – UT Austin
73 – Qazvin Islamic Azad: QIAU HAVIN
32 – Principia College
42 – Missouri S&T
9 – Iowa State: PrISUm
17 – Illinois State
57 – Southern Illinois University: SIUE
3 – University of Kentucky
6 – UC Berkeley: CalSol
13 – Michigan State
49 – Georgia Tech: Solar Jackets
96 – Western University: SunStang
179 – Massachusetts Institute of Tech: MIT
787 – Puerto Rico Mayaguez: SERRT
 
American Solar Challenge Road Race
 
Stage 1
Mon, July 21: Start at UT Austin in Austin, TX with a checkpoint at Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX
Tue, July 22: Arrive at stage stop at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK
 
Stage 2
Wed, July 23: Depart from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK with a checkpoint at the Wichita Aviation Museum in Wichita, KS
Thu, July 24: Arrive at stage stop at Black & Veatch in Overland Park, KS
 
Stage 3
Fri, July 25: Depart from Black & Veatch in Overland Park, KS and arrive at HDR sponsored stage stop at Mike Fahey St and N 15th St Parking Lot in Omaha, NE
 
Stage 4
Sat, July 26: Depart from HDR sponsored Mike Fahey St and N 15th St Parking Lot in Omaha, NE with a checkpoint at Iowa State University in Ames, IA
Sun, July 27: Arrive at stage stop at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI
 
Stage 5
Mon, July 28: Depart from Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI and finish at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
 
More information can be found on the ASC's web page  This includes the number of laps turned at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Circuit of the Americas. As of now, only UM Solar has qualified for the ASC 2014. If you happen to be along the race route, above,, I'm sure the team would appreciate your support, while on the road.
 
As with previous races, I know there are ex-team members that frequent this board. Please provide feedback or correct me if I state something incorrectly. I'm just a motorsports and UM fan, nothing more. Thanks.
 
Go Blue!

UM Solar Unveils a New Car - Generation

UM Solar Unveils a New Car - Generation

Submitted by Bronco648 on June 21st, 2013 at 2:40 PM

OK, so all we have left is hockey. Let's vist with another world-class sporting team from the University; UM Solar. They just unveiled their new car, Generation, that will be competing in the World Solar Challenge in October. The rules have changed and now each car has four wheels and the driver is off-set to the left. I believe this is because some teams experienced instability with the three-wheel layout. I will check with a former team member to see if he has any insight. Otherwise, enjoy what is over one year of exceptionally hard work.

Generation

UM Solar

UM Solar

UM Solar

UM Solar

The Block M on the rear deck is a nice touch.

UM Solar

 

UM Students have been developing the car, called “Generation,” for over a year in preparation for the 2013 World Solar Challenge – a week-long, 1,800-mile trek across the Australian continent in October. The WSC is held every other year. Generation is the first solar car to feature four wheels in more than a decade. It is the 12th vehicle developed by the U of M Solar Car Team since its inception in 1990.

 

Here are some links to main stream media. Certainly worh a read. As race week approaches, I'll try to get more information, and hope to keep up with each day's activities (even though it will be right in the middle of Football season). Go Blue.

MLive

NY Times

Fox News