Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our Blog!

You’ve always wanted to know more about the project and team surrounding Sonnenwagen Aachen? Well, the wait is over then. From now on you will find regular news, project progression, and interesting topics concerning our solar car. Today we’re going to answer some general questions regarding our main goal: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge!

What exactly is the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

As you may know, our main goal and focus is solely taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 in Australia. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was launched in 1982 and is nowadays considered as the toughest solar car race in the world. The race takes place over approximately 3,000 km across Australia’s Highways – from Darwin, on the north coast, to Adelaide on the south coast. The challenge attracts teams from universities from all around the world.And we are now one of those competing teams.

We will face longterm teams who’ve successfully participated in the race before and have established a name for themselves. Definately an ambitious undertaking, but also not impossible to achieve. Since we are first time participants, we’re highly motivated and approach every step of the way with a fresh perspective, as well as great team spirit, the necessary know-how in various fields and of course a whole lot of fun!

More than just a race!

Of course, one of our goals, besides participating and reaching the finish line is a spot on the winners podium. To achieve that, we put a lot of thought into our driving strategy, as its one of the key aspects related to energy management. So planning is most important.

Challenge in every sense of the word!

The regulations, published by the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, divide the race into three classes: Challenger, Cruiser and Adventure. We will compete in the Challenger class, the main race. In this class, the aerodynamic efficiency is a key element, which is why is is sometimes called the class of “Aerodynamic Masterpieces” by the race management. What this means for us? We have to achieve a slim aerodynamic shape with adequate permanent and temporary strenght.

The basic parameter are as follows:

  • Max. length: 4,5 m
  • Max. width: 1,8 m
  • Max. solar surface: 5 m²
  • Wheels: 4
  • Driver: 1
  • Distance: From Darwin to Adelaide

Always one step ahead!

We receive support from renowned experts from various fields of expertise. The background is of course, that we are familiar with the latest technologies and procedures, so that we’re always one step ahead of our competitors. Our motto? Challenge accepted!

You can find more information about the Wold Solar Challenge on the official website: Bridgestone World Solar Challenge!

Greetings from Aachen
Your Sonnenwagen Team