A Winning Wrap

The University of Michigan won its fifth straight victory in the 2014 American Solar Car Challenge in July, and it did it in style thanks to a wrap installed on the car “Quantum” by TKO Graphix using Avery Dennison® MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS™ and DOL 1360 overlaminate.

“We’re honored to be part of the University of Michigan Solar Car team’s efforts and participation in the 2014 American Solar Car Challenge,” said Tom McClelland, vice president of operations at TKO Graphix. “This is the fourth time we’ve wrapped a Michigan solar car, and the third time we’ve wrapped Quantum. Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Easy Apply RS film makes the installation around Quantum’s curves easy. The technology and car get more advanced every year.”

Quantum is a three-wheeled, 320-pound car that can reach top speeds of 105 mph. It is the University of Michigan Solar Car team’s eleventh custom-designed solar car. It started the 2014 American Solar Challenge on July 21 in Austin, Texas and finished in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 28.

“We're happy to partner again with Avery Dennison for the 2014 American Solar Challenge,” said Pavan Naik, project manager for the University of Michigan Solar Car Team. “Since we're racing Quantum, our most aerodynamic and lowest-weight solar car, maintaining the low drag profile as well as the small mass is important for race success. Thanks to the Avery Dennison vinyl wrap, we're able to maintain the super aerodynamic body while keeping Quantum looking flashy."

Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS, a digitally printable pressure-sensitive vinyl that is repositionable and slideable, makes car wrap application easy. In addition, it features air egress technology, allowing air bubbles to escape during the installation process. Since 2011, Avery Dennison has set five-year targets to make its products and processes more sustainable, and to make responsible business practices integral to all activities.AveryMichigan2

“Collaborating with University of Michigan students on a sustainable energy source like solar fits well with our pursuit to create more innovative and sustainable products,” says Don Nolan, president, Avery Dennison Materials Group.

Photos: University of Michigan.

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