Students from the University of Michigan cheered Quantum, a solar-powered vehicle designed by a student engineering team, as it coasted to victory in the 1,700-mile 2014 American Solar Challenge—the team’s fifth consecutive victory. The eight-day drive, powered completely by the sun, brought the team into Minneapolis on July 30 with stinky T-shirts and dirty socks—but the Quantum retained its attractive and aerodynamic yellow and blue vinyl wrap.
TKO Graphix, Indianapolis, Ind., installed Avery Dennison® MPI Supercast Easy Apply RS™ and DOL 1360 overlaminate on the Quantum. Avery Dennison Materials Group, Mentor, Ohio, produces imaging and service for transportation markets, and its digital and opaque films dress up buildings and vehicles in colorful style. However, looks weren’t the only important film feature. “Maintaining the low drag profile as well as the small mass is important for race success,” says Pavan Naik, project manager for the University of Michigan Solar Car Team. “Thanks to the Avery Dennison vinyl wrap, we’re able to maintain the super aerodynamic body while keeping Quantum looking flashy.” For more information read about the University of Michigan’s journey or learn more about Avery Dennison films.