iESC team presentation – Solar Team Solaris (Turkey)

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The Team

“We are a team that was established in 2003 and with the pride of producing Turkey’s first solar-powered vehicle in 2005 we have obtained several achievements in this field”, Team Manager Mert Selvi explains. “We were the first Turkish team that received a design award abroad at the Sun Life Design Competition held in Greece at 2008. Later, at the “Electric Vehicles Exhibition” held in Klagenfurt, Austria, we attracted attention as the only solar vehicle team.”

“Currently we have 11 vehicles, consisting of 6 Solar and 5 Electric, and the design, analysis and production processes of our vehicles are completely carried out within our team. Except for the battery and solar panel group, we produced all our electrical and mechanical components, particularly our electric motor, by ourselves, and achieved 95% locality rate.”

“As the Solaris team, we are a big family. Currently there are 48 members in our team. Generally our team members are undergraduate. Futher, our team has 3 subgroups (Electronics, mechanics, sponsorship and media).”

“Our team has participated in 29 races since it was founded in 2003.We participated in 20 solar races, except electromobil races .We have successfully represented our country abroad since 2005.”

The Car

“The production of our 6th solar car S10, which we have been working on since 2018, has been successfully completed in 2019. Aproximately , the production by Team Solaris of S10 was 9 months”.

“The aerodynamic design of our new car was completely designed by our team. The dimensions of S10, which design was made in an asymmetric catamaran type, were recalculated and reduced by carrying out intensive studies and calculations to be suitable for race formats and efficient use of the panel surface area (3.9 m x 1.7 m x 1.03 m).”

“The body of the vehicle consists of polymer composite structures including, the driver’s console and some other in-car mechanisms. In general, all systems except the battery and panel parts of our car are designed and manufactured by our team. “

The challenge

“We are familiar with the Circuit Zolder race track.We participated in the European Solar Challenge of 2014 with Smyrna. It is an absolutely challenging race track . Circuit Zolder is a very important track as of history. It has hosted powerful series such as DTM , Formula 1. And it will also host a tough race for solar vehicles.”

“Concerning strategy, the most important thing in races that only last for a few hours is the speed of the solar car. But in a 24 hour endurance race, the most important factor is efficiency.”

There are many factors that determine the number of laps your vehicle will take. You should drive the solar car at the speed at which the vehicle is most efficient. Further, battery efficiency and the energy produced by the solar panels are very important at 24 hours races. That’s why 24 hours races are more challenging.”

“Our ambitions for iESC 2020? It was a great pleasure to participate in iESC 2014 and 2016. S10 is our most efficient solar car, so it will be exciting to compete on Circuit Zolder with this car.

Why should everybody join iESC2020 at the Circuit Zolder race track? “The iESC is different from other races because it’s a 24 hour endurance race. Due to the weather conditions of Belgium, this race is getting harder. Because of low amount of radiation, it makes it more difficult to generate energy from the solar panels than in other challenges.  These reasons make this race very special”, Selvi concludes.



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