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News Service

News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

07-18-05

Contacts:

Mike Krapfl, News Service, (515) 294-4917

Fusion is first

Iowa State University's solar race car finished the first day of the North American Solar Challenge first in its class.

Fusion, Iowa State's student-built and raced solar car, finished the 212.1-mile leg from Austin, Texas, to Weatherford, Texas, in 5 hours 7 minutes and 47 seconds. Iowa State's solar car was 6 minutes faster than the car from Auburn University, the closest challenger in the stock class. Fusion was seventh overall, trailing cars racing in the more-powerful open class.

Today the cars are racing under partly sunny skies. The goal for the day is "to get as far as we can," said Amanda Helgeson, a member of Iowa State's solar car team and a senior from Rochester, Minn., who's studying mechanical engineering.

The North American Solar Challenge is taking 20 student-built solar cars on a 2,500-mile race from Austin to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Fusion

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Iowa State University's solar car starts second in the North American Solar Challenge in front of the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Twenty university teams from across the U.S. and Canada are competing in the 2,500-mile solar-powered car race, the longest in the world, from Austin to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The race finishes July 27.
Photo by Stefano Paltera/North American Solar Challenge.

Quick look

Fusion has a 6-minute lead on its closest competitor in the stock class.

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