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A Happy Early Birthday For Chuck Hutchins

Chuck Hutchins is an icon of the U-M Solar Car Team. He is a common thread, a mentor and our biggest cheerleader. His eyes often well up with pride when he talks about his favorite Solar Car Team memories.   In 1990 when he told his...

A Solar Car State of Mind

This is way more than we ever expected. We came here to just have fun and run an older car, exhibition style—and then Michigan Solar Car set in. We couldn’t help it. We were going to do whatever it takes to win. It testifies to the...

Learning From A Legend

  Today was super intense and exciting. We crossed the finish line first, but have to wait for the final timings. This race is too close to call.   In races, each team has a lead vehicle driving ahead, and a chase vehicle...

Day Two: Update From The Crew Chief

Day one put us in second place—about eleven minutes behind the leader.   Here’s the thing about solar car racing. You drive faster if you have a better car, a better strategy and a better caravan. In this event, the...

Sustain it, and then ace it

  And there it went… the chequered flag signaled the start of a Formula one race…. No No I was indeed at the Yas Marina circuit but for another challenge. A challenge that seems to brag about sustainability, harnessing of...

First Day in Abu Dhabi

It feels great to be here although my knees are definitely feeling the 24hr travel day. Our hosts are excited that we are here and are super-nice. They took us to eat and to the market to get situated. The food here is incredible. I think Bryan...

One Step Closer to Qualifying

  We now have half the team in Abu Dhabi and have begun work on getting Quantum ready to head to the track for qualifying. We arrived on Friday, during the weekend. Two of the students who will be racing with us from ADU have been...

A Block M Flag, Don't Leave Home Without It

Amongst the many important things I bring on these trips, a Block M flag is at the very top of the list. I am currently mid-flight, en route to Abu Dhabi and it’s super exciting. For the next two weeks, I’ll be helping to...
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