iESC team presentation – Solarworld GT (Germany): “Happy to keep our promise to come back!”

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All teams are currently preparing their participation at the 24 hours iLumen European Solar Challenge. During the next weeks, each team will be presented on the iESC website. Today we introduce you the German SolarWorld GT team from Bochum.

The team

“The SolarWorld GT was built in 2011 by 30 students. At WSC 2011 the vehicle ranked number 26 in the Challenger class. Subsequently the SolarWorld GT completed the first solar round-the-world trip in 177 driving days and travelled 29.710 kilometers from Australia via New Zealand, the USA, Europe, Russia and back to Australia. The team was allowed to race on the following racetracks: Hiddenvalley Racetrack, Formula 1 Racetrack Monaco, Sachsenring, Formula E Racetrack Monaco, Formula E Racetrack Berlin and Circuit Zolder.”

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The car

“We are now maintaining the car with a small All Star team and take part in the race together with the All Star team of the successor vehicles and the PowerCore Suncruiser.”

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The challenge

The SolarWorld GT team is looking forward to racing on Circuit Zolder. “We already took part in the last iESC and were on the racetrack after the car was finished in 2011. The hilly racetrack with its narrow curves is a perfect environment for our car.”

“We are looking forward to the 24-hours-race, although it will be quite unusual for us to move the car for such a long period of time. We’re used to charging the car by using the solar panels, this time we have to prepare for the charging stops.”

Next to a good result, the German team is also aiming to enjoy the good atmosphere at and around the circuit. “We are looking forward to the next iESC since the last iESC ended and we are happy that we can keep our promise to come back. At the last iESC we enjoyed the collegial environment between the teams and the short distance to the race control who is always open for problems. This is also one of the reasons why we suggest everyone to come to iESC because a close contact to successful teams around the world is quite easy here.”

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