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In the 2009 WSC, the team from Tokai University upset the heavily favored team from the Netherlands. Motivated by the Fukushima disaster, recognizing that alternative forms of energy must be explored, this team isn't just trying to win the WSC … they want to "By means of our challenge in 2011 WSC, we would like to encourage the Japan's reconstruction."
The University of Michigan Solar Car Team has been designing, building and racing solar cars for over twenty years. After capturing six U.S. National Championships and four top-three world finishes, it is widely recognised as the best team in North America. In 2011, Michigan aims to become the first American student team ever to win a World Championship.
Nuna6 was designed using a philosophy similar to that, which led to its successful predecessors, Nuna1 through Nuna5. After all, the combination of knowledge, especially on the fields of aerodynamics and lightweight structures, has proven to be a winning formula before. This resulted in a fourfold 1st place and a second place in 2009.
Our 2011 vehicle had its design inspired by data. Data collection and processing during the 2009 race was performed on an immense scale relative to previous races. This data permitted a comprehensive design process, from aero dyanmics to array development, in which major design decisions were not based on assumptions but on valid estimates of conditions during the racing state.