World Solar Challenge 2015 – Asymmetry and secret weapons




The biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia leads in many universities around the world to a strong competitive streak. The will to win with a car that using solar energy as fast as possible the distance between the northern Australian city of Darwin and the southern Adelaide can make is great.

The race in the Netherlands and Belgium can count on extra attention, because the teams from both countries for years to perform above average. This applies in the first place for the team from Delft that the Nuna cars since taking office in 2001 invariably ends up on stage. The teams Twente and Leuven ended either already been in the top three of the Challenger-class, where speed is important.

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In 2013 there was a class in the Cruiser class, with the team from the Eindhoven University promptly took the first place. As the requirements for the Cruiser class much different from those of the Challenger-class, we take that first did not participate in this backstory. At the previous edition, which Tweakers a video report made ​​in the run up to the race, the Technical University of Eindhoven did it in any case.

We were curious about the three Challenger teams and searched them in or near their own environment. The Twente team we were in time to see the car in the Fanny Blankers Koen Stadium. Delft and Leuven had their cars already deported to Australia, but what remains after the intense preparation leaves plenty of traces for a good conversation.


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