Solar car from Twente withstands Dutch roads

Solar Team Twente had the highlight of their test phase in the weekend of August 5 and 6. Solar car RED Shift drove on Dutch public roads for the first time, in Hengelo, Gelderland. The student team is using a racing simulation to prepare for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which will take place in October. The Bronkhorst Solar Challenge started on Saturday, August 5. The team is making the switch from being a production team to being a racing team by testing scenarios that may occur during the race. 

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The organisation, consisting of team members from previous editions, is evaluating the team on how they deal with unexpected situations. “From kangaroos jumping over the road to changing a flat tire; we tested everything during the weekend. We have made a perfect preparation for the race in Australia in this way”, says team manager Olivier Berghuis. The Varsselring was deliberately not closed off for the public this weekend. “Driving the RED shift on Dutch roads is a unique opportunity. We had to pay continuous attention to other traffic, just like what we will have to do during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.”, says driver Menno van de Straat.
The team completed the Bronkhorst Solar challenge after driving 300km on the road circuit. “We have learned a lot and are now looking forward to the race on October 8 with full confidence”, Berghuis says.


Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Solar Team Twente will participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on October 8, 2017: the prestigious and well-known race for cars that are powered by solar energy. Solar Team Twente, and over fifty other participants, will drive their solar car 3000 kilometres through the outback of Australia. The race is divided into four different classes. Twente’s Solar Team is participating in the Challenger class; the Formula 1 class for solar cars. 

Solar Team Twente

Solar Team Twente consists of nineteen students from Saxion and the University of Twente. They are turning their dreams into reality: winning the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2017. Solar Team Twente also consists of a strong network with more than 150 partners. They practice top sport together, and they are building the fastest solar car in the world.

Date: 7 August 2017
Source of tekst: Solar Team Twente