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 present you the Hochschule Bochum team from Germany.
“Our team is made up of students from different faculties”, says Team Leader Xenia Wiedenmannott. “These faculties are electrical engineering, mechatronics, economics, mechanical engineering and sustainable development.”
“Our team is building SolarCars since more than 20 years. The size of our team is at the moment around 20 people, but we are in the beginning of the new cycle. In one cycle up to 60 people join and leave the team. The innovative shape of our car leads to the implementation of the Cruiser Class at WSC in 2011. We are pioneers in this racing class, since 2007, because we build cars which are suitable for an every day use.”
“By the way, we try to use as much sustainable materials as possible, such as linen. Our goal for the future is driving self-sufficient, only by the power of the sun. All cars are street legal and have a permit to drive on all German roads. “
“Not only the current team is important for us. We have a team, called Allstars, which is still preparing all “old” cars for racings like Albi, iESC or BWSC. We drive the SolarCars on public roads, if we are for example part of the Albi Eco Race. “
Hochschule Bochum will participate in iESC with 2 cars.
Name of the car: thyssenkruppblue.cruiser
Dimensions: Length 4960 mm, Width 1760 mm, Hight 1170 mm
Age: was built in 2017
Who built it: SolarCar Bochum
4 wheels, 4 seats,
Vice World Champion in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017, iLumen European Solar Challenge 2016 und 2018, Winner of the Albi Eco Race 2019
The thyssenkruppblue.cruiser was built using sustainable material, such as ananas leather for the seats, linen and organic resin for the cars interior and silicon solarcells, among other things. The cars great shape gets it the real batmobil looks. In addition to that it is also suitable for daily life with its trunk and big interior space that fits 4 people and one bike.
Name of the car: ThyssenKrupp SunRiser
Dimensions: Length 4.400 mm, width 1.800 mm, height 1.125mm
Age: Was built in 2015 and rebuild in 2019
Who built it: SolarCar Bochum
Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015 and 2019
iLumen European Solar Challenge 2016 and 2018
Somabay Egyptian Solar Challenge 2017
“We are proud to have participated in the iESC since its inauguration in 2010. Due to the fact that Circuit Zolder is a former Formula One track with many curves, it’s definitely a challenging race track.”
“iESC is a very special challenge because it’s an endurance race. This means driving in shifts at a constant speed over a long period of time. Concerning strategy, we want to make sure the sun, the battery and the range match the 24 hours. We want to be the winner, with two cars and a driver, powered only by the sun! We are really looking forward to iESC 2020, as it’s an exciting race till to very end.”