ANN ARBOR—With a car that seats the driver so far to the right they had to design an elbow bulge into the chassis, the nation's top-ranked solar car team today unveiled the vehicle it will race across Australia in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
The University of Michigan Solar Car Team's sleek 2015 model is called "Aurum" – the Latin word for gold. In October, the team will take it 1,800 miles across the Outback in an eight-day endurance contest that takes place every two years. U-M's team has finished third in the world race three times in its 25-year history. And it has won the comparable American race eight times.