The new regulations adopted for the 14th World Solar Challenge mean that this year, the charging configuration of the car has become highly important. The driver must be able to get in and out of the car unassisted by third parties. The panel must use a charging configuration to reach a particular setting.
We were asked to support the team in developing a charging configuration. This task covers a number of disciplines within the team and also formed a real challenge for our engineers.
We supported the team primarily in the design stage, using the expertise and resources we had in-house. This meant that we came up with several designs and sat down with the team’s engineers every week. The solution, however, was not immediately clear. The programme requirements contained a number of contradictions; something that may have been the best solution for one requirement may have had a negative impact on another requirement. For this reason, the team decided to use lean product development methods and a design concept was created as a follow-up over a few sessions. Our engineers then built a wooden prototype for the team, which they tested personally. It was the team that ultimately constructed and assembled the car.