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Solar race car built with help of North Iowa students visits Iowa Statehouse


This news story was published on March 23, 2016.
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From right to left: student Lucas Ince, student Jeremy Rurup, Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm and Tim Dwight, the President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association

From right to left: student Lucas Ince, student Jeremy Rurup, Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm and Tim Dwight, the President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association

DES MOINES – Several Iowa State University students from North Iowa are members of Team prISUm, the ISU club which builds some of the nation’s fastest solar powered cars. They include Arun Sondhi of Mason City, Mathew Biederman of Osage, and Cash Miller of Forest City.

Club members brought their current car, the Phaëton, to the Iowa Statehouse on Tuesday, March 22 to show state leaders what they’ve accomplished. At the 2015 national Formula Sun Grand Prix, the team’s 12th solar car, the Phaeton finished first.

In May, the car will travel through the state of Iowa to encourage support for STEM, classes in science, technology, engineering and math at local schools. The car, which took about a year to build, can reach 75 miles per hour and has won or placed high in several national races.

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