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My Town Kalamazoo: WMU solar race team takes 25 years of experience on the road
My Town Kalamazoo: WMU solar race team takes 25 years of experience on the road

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A green machine created by Western Michigan University students is about to embark on a cross-country road trip in the 2014 American Solar Challenge.

On Monday, July 21, the Sunseeker solar car racing team will begin its 1,751 mile journey from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The team has one week to complete the trip.

"The team is looking forward to competing against and learning from those national and international teams in attendance, this year," Harris says, "especially as we look forward to building a new vehicle this fall semester."

Before they make the trip, WMU’s 14 person team must qualify during the Formula Sun Grand Prix this weekend.  The closed-course track race runs through July 19 at Austin's Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix facility.

 This year marks the 25th year of solar car racing at WMU. The first vehicle was built in 1989.  The newest Sunseeker is powered by 372 solar cells with energy stored in a lithium polymer battery.  With a driver aboard, the three-wheeled, single seat vehicle weighs about 780 pounds.

You can follow the team’s journey on Western Michigan University’s website here.