Solar Team Twente has good start in solar car race




The Solar Team Twente opgestoomd after the forefront of the World Solar Challenge, after a mediocre qualifying. The Twente started twelfth, but overtook the beginning of the 3000-kilometer race for several solar-powered cars in.

The race can be followed on the website of the World Solar Challenge. At time of writing, the Solar Team Twente, according to the GPS data in the first place in their class, just before the team from the University of Michigan. It also Dutch Nuon Solar Team is third. Incidentally, with the Solar Team Eindhoven a third Dutch team with; they are a bit further behind the other Dutch cars, but in class they are in second place.

The World Solar Challenge is Sunday with 46 cars started and goes across Australia. The start was Sunday in Darwin, while the finish is located in Adelaide. Saturday was qualifying: when Twente team took twelfth place. After the start of the race were already overtaken several fast solar cars. During the race, it is intended that the solar cars on a day as far as possible away. They do this until five in the afternoon, after which they set up their camp for the night. At the time of writing is the first stage in Australia so over. Solar Team Twente has traveled a distance of 570 kilometers.

Along the way there are seven checkpoints where teams can get information and able to carry out basic maintenance on their cars. Driving is on the Challenger classes, Cruiser and Adventure; the latter two classes may Recharge solar cars once at the mains, in the town of Alice Springs. The team from Twente and do Nuon participate in the Challenger-class, while the team from Eindhoven participate in the Cruiser class.

The Solar Team Twente is in Australia with his new Red One solar car. This was in June presented and compared to its predecessor five percent more surface area for solar panels. The total solar surface is 6m 2 and the panels have an efficiency of 22 percent. The Nuon Solar Team is doing it in the new solar car Nuna8. With the predecessor Nuna7, was won in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Last year the race was not held, making the Nuon team so is the defending champion.


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