WMU News

New Sunseeker to be unveiled Tuesday morning

June 16, 2003

KALAMAZOO --With their participation in the American Solar Challenge race across the United States just a month away, students at Western Michigan University will unveil an all-new Sunseeker solar race car during a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, in front of Waldo Library's Stewart Clock Tower at the center of the WMU campus.

WMU President Judith I. Bailey and Dr. Michael Atkins, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, are among those who will be on hand to congratulate the team and view the new vehicle.

Sunseeker 786, as the new vehicle is known, has been in development for nearly two years and will bear the WMU colors for the July 13-23 race along Route 66 from Chicago to Claremont, Calif. This year's race marks the seventh time WMU students have participated in the biennial solar race. Competitors in the 2003 event will cover 2,255 miles and travel across seven states in the quest for this year's title. Race sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy and EDS.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu


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