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New Sunseeker solar race car unveiled Thursday

July 2, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Members of the Western Michigan University Sunseeker solar racecar team will unveil their all new vehicle at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 3, just one day before the group leaves Kalamazoo for Dallas and the start of the July 13-22 North American Solar Challenge. The cross-country race will end 2,400 miles later in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta.

The 13-member Sunseeker traveling team will unveil the new vehicle in a brief ceremony in front of the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on the University's Parkview Campus. The team will be joined by Dr. Timothy Greene, dean of the college, as well as other University officials and team advisors. Brief introductory remarks will be followed by an opportunity to view the car's features and talk with members of the team.

While retaining the traditional Sunseeker name, the WMU team opted this year for a new design that is more aerodynamic and utilizes new technology. This is the ninth time WMU has fielded a car in the biennial race that features the best engineering schools from the United States and Canada. Teams compete by bypassing traditional fuel tanks and pulling all of their power from the sun. This year, entries from 24 colleges and universities are slated to race, along with two collegiate teams that are entering demonstration-only vehicles.

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

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