As an association of enthusiastic students, we believe that solar technology and sustainable mobility concepts are crucial for the future. We want to work together, driven by the fascination of advances in solar e-mobility, to make our contribution. With the support of RWTH Aachen University, we are developing and constructing a solar powered car entirely powered by solar energy to participate in an emission-free race across Australia, a 3022kms race from Darwin to Adelaide, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Through teamwork, research and business collaborations with various renowned research institutions of the RWTH Aachen, we are passionately aspiring towards our goal. We are always looking for supporters, members and sponsors, willing to share our enthusiasm and to support our exciting project.
Our solar car, which is called “Sonnenwagen” is the key of our project. Our goal is to drive innovation in the areas of lightweight construction, solar energy and the driving strategy to show the world that e-mobility is the future.
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was launched in 1982 and has tested the limits of solar cars ever since. Teams from around the world compete in a race from Darwin to Adelaide, 3022 km across Australia, against each other to show that they have developed the best solar car.
The competition is much more than a regular race. In addition to vehicle development and the driving strategy, the energy management, which ensures the use of solar energy as economically as possible, is a key factor of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. You can find more information on the official website: Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
We compete in the race against renowned universities from around the world. Cambridge, TU Delft, Stanford University and the MIT are among those competing.
The cars are driven only by solar energy. They must be planned and designed in detail to be competitive. A sophisticated driving strategy is needed additionally.
When you think of solar cars, the first thought is not about speed. But the best teams in fact reach an average speed of more than 80 km/h.
The race distance totals 3022 km through Australia’s outback. The launch is in Darwin in the north, and the finish line in Adelaide in southern Australia.
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