Solar Challenge Finishes in Calgary
U of Michigan takes prize, finishing the
2500-mile course in 54 hours. Fourteen of the twenty entrants completed
the race. The last to cross the finish line (Kansas State U) came in 12.5
hours after the winner.
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University of Michigan's Momentum crosses the finish line first.
1st-place Michigan's Momentum
2nd-place Minnesota's Borealis III
3rd-place MIT's Tesseract
Kansas State University's Paragon on its maiden race. Last of
14 cars that made it to the finish line.
CALGARY, CANADA -- The ten-day solar car race
from Austin to Calgary came to a successful finish yesterday.
The University of Michigan's Momentum placed first, completing a few
seconds under 54 hours. They also set a record by averaging 46.2 mph in
this, the world's longest solar car race.
The University of Minnesota's Borealis III came in second, trailing by 12
minutes. MIT's Tesseract came in third. Canada's leading team, the
University of Waterloo, came in fifth with their Midnight Sun.
Fourteen cars went all the way to the finish line, with the last to cross being
Kansas State University's Paragon on its maiden race, at 87.5 hours, a
little over 12 hours after the winner.
One car withdrew, one was disqualified, and four others did not complete the
Teams stopped at a number of checkpoints along U.S. Highway 75 and the
Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1).
"I would like to congratulate all the students for the incredible
innovation and commitment they have demonstrated in taking on this
challenge", said Hon. R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources.
"Their vision is leading us toward a cleaner energy future, and the
Government of Canada is proud to support their efforts." His department is
one of the race's sponsors.
"Solar cars have captured the public's imagination since the first one
was built more than 20 years ago," said Richard King, Head of the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) Photovoltaics Research Program. "Every year,
we've seen improvements in performance and reliability, and this year was no
exception. We've also seen solar technology improve over that time, dropping
considerably in cost. This competition clearly demonstrates that solar power
works and that, although you may not be able to drive your own solar car today,
you can use solar power to supply the energy needs of your home or your
This is the fourth North American Solar Challenge (NASC) race, and the first
to cross into Canada.
The Government of Canada provided financial support for all Canadian
participants in the race.
Five Canadian universities sent teams to the challenge: McMaster University,
Queen's University, the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo and
Red River College.
The North American Solar Challenge 2005 sponsored included DOE, NRCan, TransAlta,
the University of Calgary, CSI Wireless, AMD, and Manitoba Transport and
For final standings of all teams and information on the NASC, visit AmericanSolarChallenge.org.
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Next up? World Solar Challenge in
Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide, starting September 25, 2005.
NASC Press Releases
|July 27, 2005 University of Michigan Wins North
American Solar Challenge
July 26, 2005 North American Solar Challenge starts
final leg from Medicine Hat on Wednesday
July 25, 2005 Michigan takes lead as NASC reaches
Medicine Hat, Alberta
July 25, 2005 Solar Car Challenge Video Available Via
Satellite Uplinks (Event Finish)
July 24, 2005 University of Minnesota remains in the
lead on eighth day of NASC
July 23, 2005 North American Solar Challenge to Take
Off from Winnipeg on Sunday
July 22, 2005 Thirteen teams reach Winnipeg by sixth
day of NASC
July 21, 2005 Minnesota maintains lead as teams cross
Canadian border during fifth day of the NASC
July 20, 2005 University of Minnesota reclaims the
lead in fourth day of the NASC
July 20, 2005 Solar Car Challenge Video Available Via
Satellite Uplinks (Border Crossing)
July 20, 2005 2,500-mile Solar Car Challenge Crosses
July 19, 2005 MIT takes lead in third day of the NASC
July 18, 2005 University of Minnesota takes the lead
in second day of the NASC
July 17, 2005 University of Michigan takes the lead in
first day of the NASC
July 17, 2005 Solar-powered cars rayce from U.S. to
July 14, 2005 Solar Car Challenge Video Available Via
Satellite Uplinks (Event Start)
March 7, 2005 Solar-powered cars rayce from U.S. to
The following stories are what pulled up in a Google News search for Solar
Challenge Calgary, as of July 28, 2:30 am MDT.
car wins solar race|
Globe and Mail, Canada -
13 hours ago
By OMAR EL AKKAD. The first North American Solar
Challenge car race to cross from the United States into Canada ended
Wednesday when ...
completes solar challenge|
USA - 1 hour ago
By MK Guetersloh. NORMAL -- After driving a
solar-powered car from Austin, Texas, to Calgary, Canada, Illinois State
finish for solar cars|
CFCN, Canada - 9
The cars in the North American Solar Challenge crossed
the finish line at the University of Calgary Wednesday afternoon. The
Team Momentum wins North American Solar Challenge|
U of M News Service (press
release), MI - 13 hours ago
ANN ARBOR, Mich.The University of Michigan solar car
Team Momentum finished first in the North American Solar Challenge that
began 10 days ago and ended ...
race to the finish|
Toronto Sun, Canada -
23 hours ago
By MATTHEW KWONG, TORONTO SUN. THE NORTH AMERICAN Solar
Challenge finishes today with an entry from the University of Waterloo
in the hunt for a podium spot. ...
solar car likely dethroned|
News-Leader.com, MO -
Jul 27, 2005
By Steve Koehler. MEDICINE HAT, Alberta Two years
ago, the University of Missouri-Rolla turned the last leg of the Route
66 Solar ...
sets on solar race|
Toronto Sun, Canada -
10 hours ago
By The Canadian Press. CALGARY (CP) The University
of Michigan took top honours in a gruelling 4,000-kilometre solar car
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WINS NORTH AMERICAN SOLAR CHALLENGE, July 28
The University of Michigan won a highly-competitive 2005 North American Solar
Challenge (NASC) today, crossing the finish line at 11:27 a.m. Mountain Daylight
Time using only the energy of the sun.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news5494.html
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