University of Michigan Wins American Solar Challenge Rally

 

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The University of Michigan’s car crossing the finish line at Wind Cave National Park Saturday afternoon August 6, 2016 (NPS Photo)

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD— It was a challenging day to be driving a solar-powered car, as overcast skies and a steady drizzle lowered the sun’s available power, but the University of Michigan’s car  powered through the rain and won the 2016 American Solar Challenge. The rally began on July 30 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and traveled across 7 states and 1,975 miles in 8 days before concluding at Wind Cave National Park Saturday afternoon. The winning car finished the rally in 48 hours, 26 minutes, and 46 seconds.

“We’re very relieved for the race to be over,” said Clayton Daily, Engineering Director for the University of Michigan car. “We put in so much effort to get the car ready for the road. We worked on it all year and the entire team’s effort paid off.”

Every two years the Innovators Educational Foundation organizes the American Solar Challenge, a collegiate student design competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered vehicles in a cross-country time/distance rally event.

“We were told this was one of the toughest rallies in 17 years due to the cloudy and wet weather the teams experienced along the route,” said Park Superintendent Vidal Dávila. “We were honored to be able to host the conclusion of this innovative rally while celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service.”

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Polli Montreal’s car crossing the finish line at Wind Cave National Park Saturday afternoon August 6, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

ASC 2016 Overall Winners and Results

  1. University of Michigan
  2. Dunwoody College of Technology
  3. University of Toronto
Rank Team # – Name Stage 1 Time Stage 2 Time Stage 3 Time Stage 4 Time Total Time Miles Credited
1 2 – Michigan 10:59:41 11:41:22 19:09:51 6:35:52 48:26:46 1976.2
2 51 – Dunwoody 13:05:48 15:18:45 23:44:43 7:21:06 59:30:22 1971.5
3 77 – Toronto 14:17:12 14:01:39 23:46:24 10:05:48 62:11:03 1914.6
4 42 – Missouri S&T 15:27:36 16:25:48 24:20:04 8:01:12 64:14:40 1955.8
5 32 – Principia 13:04:53 15:34:05 24:03:16 11:49:50 64:32:04 1886.3
6 828 – Appalachian State 13:29:06 16:52:56 40:37:06 5:28:42 76:27:50 1724.5
7 9 – Iowa State 17:12:22 18:06:48 35:23:00 9:05:06 79:47:16 1783.9
8 92 – ETS Quebec 15:32:58 18:28:48 39:06:48 11:44:00 84:52:34 1659.0
9 6 – Berkeley 14:25:07 30:53:24 32:21:12 12:06:18 89:46:01 1530.9
10* 35 – Minnesota 14:44:36 18:08:24 48:19:40 11:33:18 92:45:58 1796.5
10 55 – Poly Montreal 14:20:08 21:18:54 55:27:56 4:44:17 95:51:15 1370.4
11 17 – Illinois State 16:59:57 36:51:54 41:40:30 13:50:01 109:22:22 1193.3
12 3 – Kentucky 36:35:18 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ  135.5

For more information about the rally, and the university teams that competed in it, visit americansolarchallenge.org.

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