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Students at the University of Michigan have designed and built a solar-powered car that will compete in the one-week-long 2013 World Solar Challenge this October. Although the Wolverine car, named the Generation, looks more like a dining table than it does a vehicle, the students are confident that it will perform well in the 1,800-mile race that traverses Australia.

Originally a three-wheeled electric car, the Generation had to be given a fourth wheel in order to meet the entry requirements of the World Solar Challenge. The students said that they had to reset where all four of the wheels went in order to maximize aerodynamics while also reducing the chance of kangaroo-related incidents.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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