2017: Novum

2017 World Solar Challenge 2nd Place // 2018 American Solar Challenge 2nd Place

Our engineers designed and built a small car that broke from solar car design convention, which dictated maximizing array area at all costs, even at the cost of aerodynamic efficiency.

After five days of racing across the Outback through sun, storms, and fierce winds, Michigan crossed the finish line as the first American team to reach Adelaide. Novum took home the University of Michigan’s most successful Bridgestone World Solar Challenge finish yet in a historic second-place win in the 2017 race and bringing home the best performance by any American student project team.