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NITech Solar Racing

NITech Solar Racing

Team overview

NITech Solar Racing

  • Car name

    Horizon 17

  • University

    Nagoya Institute of Technology

  • Country

    Japan

  • WSC class

    Challenger

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pass

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 12:46:58 Katherine 321.774
Day 2 Oct 9 15:06:33 Tennant Creek 986.718
Day 3 Oct 10 12:15:36 Barrow Creek 1209.717
Day 4 Oct 11 16:11:37 Kulgera 1765.894
Day 5 Oct 12 14:10:55 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 6 Oct 13 14:52:18 Port Augusta 2720.27
Day 7 Oct 14 11:02:51 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

Thanks to our supporters, this is the second challenge for our team to the Bridgestone World solar challenge. We succeeded to run across Australia and became 16th in the last event with our solar car “HorizonZ” which was designed & built in 2014 for a Japanese solar car event.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

"Horizon17" is our first car designed only for BWSC in the history of the team over 25 years. It is also the first car that is aerodynamically designed using CFD. First,
we always think that making a car that can run safely is the most important matter. For appearance, featuring streamline shape on the whole body is a big feature, it was designed to feel both revival and innovativeness. We call this "Shinkansen" (Japanese bullet train) with attachment.

What is unique about your solar car?

Our machine body is made by our hands in order to reduce the production cost. We spent 3 months layer building and grinding to make the curve of the body's mold. Therefore, we have a great fondness to the machine shape.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

NITech Solar Racing is organized from 1st to 4th year students from Nagoya Institute of Technology. One member can only be a member of the team for 4 years and of course, all of us put a lot of effort to make a solar car. We learn a lot of things by being a member of this team and all experiences are valuable. This time, our team is eager to show our technology and passion to the world by participating in the event.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

We are looking forward to feel the value of nature by camping among the desert and building a solar powered car and we would love to enjoy the national cultures of Australia.