The organisers of the Solar Car Challenge have published this six-part video registration of a workshop they gave for students and teachers thinking about participating in the event. It’s a great watch, especially solar teams in the process of starting up, or people joining a solar team. The audio quality is so-so here and there, but the information in these videos is absolute gold.
From October 11th-12th, the European Solar Challenge will be held at the Zolder race track in Belgium. I will be visiting the event (it’s only a two-hour drive from where I live) and report on this website and the social media channels.
Some information about the event is starting to be published, and I’ve been in contact with the organisers. Continue Reading →
Just two weeks from today, twelve solar car teams from five countries will cover all or part of the 6000 km course of the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa. The teams will start from Pretoria on September 27th, and will arrive in Cape Town on October 4th. Teams have the option to drive extra ‘loops’ during a racing day for extra points.
Things have been very quiet here for a while (because of this) but slowly, very slowly, things are stabilising a bit. It’s not yet at the point where I can spend a lot of time blogging yet, but as the people who follow the Facebook page may have seen, I’ve been able to post a few things in the past two weeks.
The way I spend my time has obviously changed (a lot) from what it was before, and will keep changing, so it’s safe to say that I cannot give the blog the same amount of time/dedication that I did before. As much as I regret that (and as much as I should have realised that beforehand more clearly than I did), the reason is a happy one: raising my beautiful children. It can’t be any other way, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue Reading →
A guest blog post written by Dr Graham Doig of UNSW Australia, as Sunswift waits for the fog to clear from the track so they can start their attempt to break a long-standing international speed record for the fastest long-range electric car.
As someone who’s been inside and out of solar car racing for the last 9 years, first as a student working on aerodynamics and now as the academic adviser of UNSW Australia’s long-running Sunswift team, I think nothing has re-invigorated interest in these types of cars like the Cruiser Class at the last World Solar Challenge – brought in, effectively, off the back of the amazing work by the Bochum team over the years to pioneer the “practical” solar car. Continue Reading →