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Posted on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

University of Michigan Solar Car Team unveils newest vehicle in Detroit

By Ben Freed

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team unveiled its newest vehicle, called “Generation,” Tuesday morning in Detroit.

According to a report from MLive, the new car has been in development for more than a year and will compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge - a 1,800-mile race across Australia - held in October.


University of Michigan Solar Car Team members celebrate the unveiling of their new car "Generation"

Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit

“It’s really exciting to be able to show everyone,” project manager Eric Hausman told MLive reporter Mike Wayland. “We wanted the car to signify the change and keep in mind the 11 cars that have come before it.”

The U-M Solar Car Team has been making vehicles since 1990 and Generation is the first in more than 10 years to employ four wheels, according to the MLive report.

The car was designed and built by a team of about 100 students throughout the year, including a 20-person Race Crew who will take off the fall semester to race the vehicle in Australia.

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Outside(:-o)looking in

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

Air Hockey anyone?


Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

I hope this giant iphone wins the race in Australia!

Dog Guy

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 12:01 a.m.

It was risky to unveil this car Tuesday morning in Detroit. It would have been safer to wait until after sundown so it couldn't be stolen.