July 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

University of Michigan wins 5th solar car title

Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan has won its fifth national title in a row at the American Solar Challenge competition.

The Ann Arbor News reports the university’s car named Quantum won the eight-day solar vehicle competition. The 1,700-mile event started July 20 in Austin, Texas. The three-wheeled car was the first to cross the finish line in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.

Michigan won the race despite an early 20- or 30-minute setback when the motor failed and needed to be swapped. Five of the 22 other teams passed Michigan in the process.

The car previously took third in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2011 and first in the American race in 2012.