University of Adelaide racing team gears up for World Solar Challenge

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A group of students from the University of Adelaide is set to traverse the route from Darwin to Adelaide, showcasing their specially designed solar-powered vehicle, in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to be held from 22 to 29 October 2023.

The Adelaide University Solar Racing team, comprised of 25 talented individuals, is under the leadership of student Christian Sanderson, along with student leaders Reily Clavell, Ruby Allen, and Nicholas Calvo, all of whom are 4th-year Mechanical Engineering students from the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Sanderson, a 4th-year student studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, expressed his enthusiasm for the challenge and the teamwork that has gone into building their solar-powered vehicle.

He stated, “We’ve faced a lot of challenges and worked hard, but we’ve also had a lot of fun. Everyone is very excited for the trip to Darwin and being together, and we’re all looking forward to meeting different people from around the world and racing through the outback with them.”

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge brings together teams from across the globe, predominantly comprised of tertiary and secondary students.

Their task is to traverse 3,000 kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide using solar-powered vehicles meticulously designed and crafted by each team.

This event provides a global stage for showcasing technological innovation and supporting the broader movement toward sustainable transportation solutions.

Sanderson highlighted the team’s commitment to sustainability, saying, “We really value participating not only for the challenge and opportunity but also so we can assist in the global movement towards sustainable transportation solutions.”

He emphasised the importance of knowledge exchange with teams worldwide and the personal growth that results from this experience.

For over three decades, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has drawn exceptional minds from around the world to Australia, challenging the boundaries of technological innovation.

To find out more about the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, visit this website.