University of Michigans’ Solar Car team has taken Siemens PLM technology to assist in it’s efforts to regain the World Solar Challenge title in Australia. The Wolverines have already won the American challenge 7 times, and second runner-up four times. Comprised of college students only, U of M’s organization has determined that they would like to utilize a more complex product development software so they can compete at an accelerated level. This has allowed them to use 100% mechanical components and aerobody designed by Siemens NX software.
“Our teams have a rich tradition of excellence and a great track record of success,” said Pavan Naik, Senior Business Development Manager, University of Michigan Solar Car Team. “But as we began to prepare to compete with the best teams in the world in 2013, we knew we needed more comprehensive PLM software technology. The breadth of functionality for design, simulation and aerodynamic surface modeling in NX are far beyond anything we have used in the past. Siemens’ PLM software helped us with the rapid decision making needed in solar car development and should help maximize our chance to cross the finish line first in Australia. We are proud to leverage the same product development technology used by so many leading automotive companies.”
“As a strong supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Siemens is proud to be associated with the highly successful University of Michigan Solar Car Team,” said Dave Taylor, vice president of Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “We are pleased that they have decided to adopt our advanced PLM technology to elevate their performance to the next level. Over the long run, we are confident it will help them continue to make smarter decisions that advance alternate energy technology and ultimately lead to better products. We wish the team the best of luck in Australia.”