Film & Discussion: Emmy Award-Winning Documentary of the UM Solar Car and the 2011 World Solar Challenge - "Racing With The Sun"
Thursday September 5, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
AADL hosts a special screening of "Racing with the Sun," the 2012 documentary of the U-M Solar Car Team's efforts to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge. The film follows the team as they race a car powered solely by the sun over 1,800-miles from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia through the harsh terrain of the Outback. Made up mainly of undergraduate students, the team tests their designs and innovations, confronts their failures and celebrates their successes on an emotional journey that teaches them about tenacity, teamwork and themselves.
The U-M team is the best in North America but never finished better than third in this race. Have they finally cracked the code? Can they beat the top international teams?
Following the 30-minute screening, members of the U-M Solar Car team, documentary producers Jay Nelson and Jimmy Rhoades and Levi Taylor (composer of the film's score) will discuss the challenges of racing in the Challenge and producing this Emmy-winning documentary. As a special treat, the UM solar car will be on display at the Library before and during the event!