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Contacts:
Ben Nimmergut, Team PrISUm, (515) 294-0899
Nick Mohr, Team PrISUm, (515) 294-0899
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


SOLAR CAR TEAM BEGINS PAINT DESIGN COMPETITION

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's solar car team, Team PrISUm, has begun a competition for the paint design that will adorn the next ISU solar car. The competition is open to anybody with a creative design idea, said Ben Nimmergut, assistant director of Team PrISUm and an ISU senior in mechanical engineering.

PrISUm Odyssey, the sixth ISU solar car, will race in the American Solar Challenge, a Chicago to Los Angeles solar car race in July 2001.

"Everyone has put a lot of time and work into the new car, we want it to look its best when it races across country in the American Solar Challenge," Nimmergut said. "We encourage anyone who is interested in helping us come up with a creative and interesting paint design."

The challenge is to create a paint design for a car primarily covered in solar cells, Nimmergut said. The top of the car will be covered in more than 3,000 dark blue solar cells, leaving only the solar car's nose, sides, undercarriage, wheel covers and small areas along the top of the car exposed for the paint design.

The last ISU solar car, PrISUm Phoenix, was a combination of red, gold and black and had a rising Phoenix on its nose. PrISUm Phoenix, which finished fifth in Sunrayce '99, won several design awards, including the EDS Renaissance Engineering Award and a Formula Sun Artistic Design Award.

Deadline for entry into the Odyssey paint design competition is Nov. 1. The winner of the competition will be notified by Nov. 10 and will receive a PrISUm team race T-shirt.

For more information on the competition and for entry forms call Nimmergut at (515) 294-0899 or go to http://www.prisum.iastate.edu.

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