World Solar Challenge Top-Three Finish 2011 // American Solar Challenge Champions 2012, 2014 // Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge Champions 2015
*Courtesy of Michigan Engineering
Quantum, the team’s eleventh car, was 200 pounds lighter and 30% more aerodynamic than Infinium. For the first time in the team’s history, two chassis were built in one project cycle. This was achieved by completing the first iteration ahead of schedule and under budget. Quantum was extremely competitive in the World Solar Challenge. Despite some issues that arose during strong crosswinds in the outback, Michigan placed in third once again. After the outstanding performance in Australia, Michigan was eager to bring home a win. They seized the opportunity in the American Solar Challenge by taking a record-breaking fourth consecutive victory and seventh victory overall. Even with severe thunderstorms and triple-digit heat, Quantum finished over 10 hours ahead of second place, breaking the previous record of difference in race time between first and second set by Continuum. Quantum 2.0 returned to race in the 2014 American Solar Challenge, and won its 2nd national championship. Quantum won the inaugural Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge in January of 2015, making it the most successful solar car ever designed, built, and raced by any team ever.