The University of Michigan Solar Car Team’s second car, Maize and Blue, was built three years after it’s inaugural car, Sunrunner. With three years, the team was able to focus on design and funds and by strengthening ties with the University, Maize and Blue was able to incorporate local companies into its high tech design.
The University helped in many ways, especially in contacting companies for support. In this article from the Argus-Press in 1993, MagneTek of Owosso receives recognition for supporting the team with a MagneTek DC Brushless motor.
The team went on to win the American Solar Challenge, but unfortunately, did not fare as well in the World Solar Challenge. Even though Maize and Blue beat Sunrunner’s record by over seven hours, problems with the array resulted in an 11th place finish. Check out this article on “Outback Flu” and non-car related challenges Maize and Blue faced in Australia: http://goo.gl/ayfYM
Despite these challenges, Maize and Blue and the team members who worked on the project have helped each of the following project cycles, contributing to the successful program and years of excellence. Take a blast into the past and check out specs as well as pictures from Maize and Blue: http://solarcar.engin.umich.edu/pastteams/maizeblue/