After months of preparations, dedication and passion, Solar Team Twente and their new solar car ‘RED E’ are ready for the start of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, from 13 – 20 October (Australia). Already for the sixth year in a row IMS is supporting Solar Team Twente, from this year onwards for the first time as BIG partner. IMS engineers provided technical advice and support to the team, with plenty of enthusiasm! Together with 52 other international participants Solar Team Twente will appear impatiently at the start of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for the eighth time.

3000 km race straight through the Australian outback

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a bi-yearly top race driving purely on solar energy. The race crosses 3000 km straight through the Australian outback, from the start in Darwin (North) to the finish line in Adelaide (South). Despite a setback of (limited) damage on the solar panel, Solar Team Twente and RED E are ready for the start on October 13th. Ready to race several of days through the outback of Australia from North to South. With only one goal in mind; being the first team to cross the finish line in Adelaide and becoming World Champion!

For this year the race has a record number of entries who will participate The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: 53 teams from 24 countries from all around the world. The solar cars will drive during daylight hours (8:00 – 17:00), and when it’s time to stop, the team has to set up camp at that precise location.

RED E is aerodynamically improved

Innovation is leading at every edition of the race, because the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge changes the regulations every time. One of the new regulations adopted for the 15th World Solar Challenge means that this year the maximum allowed area of solar cells changed per cell typeFor this year’s race the team has decided to use a smaller and more efficient solar panel (2.64 m2) of gallium arsenide solar cells. With this adjustment, the solar car is aerodynamically improved and is the smallest car in history of the team.

Valuable BIG partnership between IMS & Solar Team Twente

The valuable collaboration between IMS and Solar Team Twente began in 2013. For this year we are supporting the team with an even larger sponsorship than before. We’re proud to be BIG partner of the team. The IMS engineers provided the team with technical advice, coaching and support. With our continued support we want to help the team achieve the ultimate goal: winning the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

On behalf of IMS, we wish the team good luck at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019!

Would you like to follow them on the road to successes? Keep an eye on Solar Team Twente!

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