The University of Minnesota’s Solar Car

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The University ofMinnesota’s Solar Vehicle Project teamhas unveiled their new solar-powered car for the 2010 American SolarChallenge. Dubbed Centaurus 2, the vehicle will take part in the 1100mile race from Tulsa, Okla. to Chicago.

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The team is one of the 18 teams participating in the challenge. Thecar is a completely new generation design from the university’s previous eight solar vehicles. The most noticeable change is the new design that incorporates drastically improved aerodynamics and solar arrayencapsulation to maximize speed and range for the race.

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The current car is just over 3 feet tall, about 16 feet long andnearly 6 feet wide. It weighs about 400 pounds.

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Via: University of Minnesota [Press Release]

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