Golden, CO —The jazz standard "Route 66" may well be the theme of the 2001 American Solar Challenge (ASC)—the sun-powered car race to be held from July 15-25. The race will run down the historic U.S. highway from Chicago to Los Angeles and, at 2,300 miles, will be the longest solar-car race in the world.
Teams from universities, companies, clubs, and individuals worldwide will be getting their solar kicks in a field of up to 60 vehicles in the 2001 ASC. Sponsors for the race include the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable Energy Laboratory here, and Terion Inc. (Melbourne, FL).
So if you're traveling along the "Mother Road" this coming summer, keep an eye out, not for a now vintage Corvette convertible with a now vintage George Maharis and Martin Milner, but a fleet of what appear to be earth-bound spacecraft on wheels—headed through:
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