World Solar Challenge Wrap-Up
Solar Team Eindhoven has been awarded with the overall win of the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class, a brand new category for ‘family solar cars’ that took the 3.020 kilometer journey from the Australian Darwin to Adelaide. With an almost perfect score of 97,5 percent, the Dutch beat the German Bochum Hochschule.
Judgment in the Cruiser Class is based on four factors, namely finishing the race in the shortest amount of time, energy efficiency, person kilometers travelled and potential of design appeal & practicality.
Three teams have been dominating throughout race: Solar Team Eindhoven, the Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team from Germany and Sunswift from Australia. Sunswift crossed the finish line first – focused on the speed aspect – followed by the Dutch and the German team (which focused on energy efficiency).
On Saturday the cars were being judged on practicality like the amount of sufficient space for suitcases, design details of the car, license plate registration, how many passenger seats and the ability of parallel parking. Solar Team Eindhoven turned out to be the winner with an overall score of 97,5 percent.
The Delft Nuon Solar Team and Tokai Challenger from Japan were battling for the overall win throughout their journey. Only in the end the Japanese students had to let go their rival when cloudy and rainy conditions destroyed their strategy. They finished in second place, in front of Solar Team Twente , which has been chased down by Stanford Solar Car Project from the United States. The car of the Aurora Vehicle Association was a league of its own in the Adventure Class, beating the Antakari from Chile with a day.
Next to announcing the winners, there were three other awards to earn:
Technical Innovation Award: Punch Powertrain Solar Team (B)
Event Safety Award: University of Calgary (Can)
The David Fewchuk Spirit of the Event Award: Stanford University (USA)
The next World Solar Challenge will take place in 2015.