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 Colombian Team Cambria.
“The Cambria team is based at EAFIT University (Medellin) and it’s a spin off of previous WSC efforts”, director Jorge Barrera explains. “The group is made up of all undergraduate students that speed the field from engineering, science and arts. A total of 26 students are tooling away with the hope of creating something worth driving in the street every day.”
“Cambria is a brand new car, that will be tested for the first time at Zolder. The team is very young as well, having no competition experience. The team members worked hard during the last 2 months to get the car completed. The goal is to create something that works and have fun at it. Our car is designed for two passengers and should be quite fun to drive, more on the sporty edge than the super efficient.”
Just like the other teams, Team Cambria is developing a special strategy for the 24 hour race. “It will be completely different concerning safety, energy management and battery selection. Just the charging pit stops and the infrastructure require a totally different approach”, says Barerra.
“We don’t know the Circuit Zolder race track but a 24 hour non stop race is hard enough in any track. In fact, race tracks are a good idea to adjust the beginner cars to more demanding roads like during the World Solar Challenge in Australia. Since the iESC is an endurance race, we think solar cars can beat the Tesla.”
“To finish, we would strongly recommend everybody to come to the Circuit Zolder race track because this race is the beginning of a new era! Electric vehicles are here to stay. The cars are cool, fast and efficient.”