Gallery: Infinium Sun Car Races Ahead

The Infinium 2009 after its unveiling
 
After the official unveiling ceremony at Henry Ford Museum, members of the Solar Car Team brought the car outside so the audience could get a closer look. Photo by Nicole Casal Moore, U-M News Service and College of Engineering

In a converted warehouse on the outskirts of Ann Arbor (Michigan’s other city), swarms of brilliant students harness conceptual, terrestrial and solar power for unusually racy, million-dollar road trips. Enter the Infinium 2009 solar car. Strips of photovoltaic panels (the space-age, gallium-arsenide kind) absorb the sun’s energy along a sleek and light carbon-fiber shell, and a 16-hp electric motor in one of its three wheels propels the 600-lb coupe up to 90 miles per hour and 98 percent efficiency. Awesome aerodynamics and innovative innards apparently allow the Infinium a driving range of 200 to 300 miles without any sunlight at all.

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