The smallest, most aerodynamic Michigan solar car ever produced.
On July 7th at the historic Michigan Theater, we proudly unveiled Novum in the company of our friends, family and sponsors.
“Aptly named Novum–Latin for ‘new thing’–the design, manufacturing process and solar technology behind the national champion team’s fourteenth car is different than anything they’ve ever done before.
Measuring just over one meter shoulder to shoulder, Novum is roughly 43 percent narrower than the team’s last vehicle, Aurum. And according to experimental simulation data, it’s roughly 20 percent more efficient.”
“The team had to have three things in order to make the switch to the small car,” said Engineering Director Clayton Dailey. “The insight, or the idea, the resources, and the willingness to take the risk. We have to be willing to do something that hasn’t been done before – going to the unknown.”
“I think this race will usher in the next era of solar cars,” Dailey said. “And hopefully we got this right, and are the first to jump on the ship – to a single-fairing, long, skinny car."