The 4th solar car, the Umicar Imagine was built in 2011 with highly efficient solar cells, and an integrated concentrator system. They were the only team that hereby bypassed the limited amount of solar cells that could be placed on the vehicle. The Imagine finished 10th out of 37 participants.
This car incorporated top notch technology to enhance performance of the vehicle. It finished the qualifications in sixth place, giving the solar car a good start in the race.
They've lost a couple positions in the first half of the competition, but managed to recapture them during the second half.
After 2600 km of driving, the Umicar Imagine encountered a technological issue. Their batteries got too warm and needed to be cooled. They lost a lot of time due to this setback.
Eventually finishing 10th wasn't the biggest achievement. It was one of the few cars that finished the race. All the 29 other teams had to transport their solar car on a trailer during some moments of the race.
Measurements: Length: 4.3m - Width: 1.75m - Height: 1.04m
Weight: 175 kg
Speed: Topspeed 130 km/h - Cruising speed 90 km/h
Efficiency solar cells: +30%