May
25
2008

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project

U of MN solar car, Centaurus, ready for 2008 race from Texas to Canada

New Vehicle, Centaurus, to replace Borealis III: Borealis III, the 7th generation UMN solar car, with the Tin Man in front of the Mechanical Engineering building, U of MN. The Borealis 3 won 2nd place in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (from Texas to Canada).
New Vehicle, Centaurus, to replace Borealis III: Borealis III, the 7th generation UMN solar car, with the Tin Man in front of the Mechanical Engineering building, U of MN. The Borealis 3 won 2nd place in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (from Texas to Canada).Courtesy Adem Rudin
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team provided a sneak preview of its newest car, Centaurus. The U of MN team placed 2nd in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge. The 2008 NASC will take place on July 13-22, 2008, on a route between Dallas, Texas and Calgary, Alberta.

"As many of the top cars were bumping up against the 65 mph (105 km/h) race speed limit in the 2005 event, race rules were changed in order to improve safety and limit performance. Open class cars are now only allowed 6 square meters of active cell area, and upright seating is required for both open and stock class cars."

Learn more about the solar race car, Centaurus

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

MrBig621188's picture
MrBig621188 says:

i'd figure MN would be a place were solar cars are not common do to the weather being the way it is

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 10:07am
shanee's picture
shanee says:

a solar vehicle is what the earth needs its harmless..

posted on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 9:37am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The North American Solar Challenge race starting in Texas and ending in Canada is over. The solar car race results show that the University of Michigan was the winner by 10 hours.
The University of Minnesota's car, the Centaurus I, won several awards:
* 5th Place Overall
* Fastest Qualifier Lap
* Fastest Figure Eight
* Most Prepared
* Best Workmanship
You might enjoy reading more about the University of Minnesota's Electric Vehicle Project (click the link for more).

posted on Sat, 08/09/2008 - 4:33pm

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