Cross-country solar car race that kicked off in Austin ends

MINNEAPOLIS (NBC/KARE) — A cross-country solar car race, called the American Solar Challenge, came to an end at the University of Minnesota.

The University’s team came in second overall on Monday in the eight-day solar car race from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis.

Some 10 solar cars from colleges around the world competed in the cross-country race, including the University of Texas. The Longhorns reportedly did not complete the trip, making it only two days and reaching Norman, Okla., before they withdrew.

Cockrell School of Engineering Professor Gary Hallock said the car, which tops out at about 35 mph, was using too much power to run. The team is already analyzing data from the race and trials at Circuit of the Americas and is looking forward to the challenge next year.

Meanwhile, it took the winning team from the University of Michigan about 41 ½ hours to complete the 1,700-mile race over the eight days.

The University of Michigan team also won the American Solar Challenge in 2012. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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