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SolarCar-Team Hochschule Bochum

SolarCar-Team Hochschule Bochum

Team overview

SolarCar-Team Hochschule Bochum

  • Car name

    thyssenkrupp SunRiser

  • University

    Bochum University of Applied Sciences

  • Country


  • WSC class


  • Static Scrutineering


Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 13 13:13:06 Katherine 321
Day 2 Oct 14 14:09:45 Tennant Creek 986
Day 3 Oct 15 15:23:03 Alice Springs 1493
Day 4 Oct 16 16:55:03 Coober Pedy 2178
Day 5 Oct 17 15:57:23 Port Augusta 2720
Day 6 Oct 18 11:55:13 Adelaide 3020
Day 7 Oct 18 11:55:13 Adelaide 3020
Day 8 Oct 18 11:55:13 Adelaide 3020
Day 9 Oct 18 11:55:13 Adelaide 3020

How many times has your team participated in the event?

We have participated on eight occasions since our first appearance in 2003.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

Our process of innovation is centered around the idea of designing and creating cars which may be used not just in singular events, but in all aspects of everyday life. For over a decade teams from our university have constructed solar cars which fully comply with road safety laws in Germany and around the world. Their shape and design has made our solar cars appear much more closely related to common road vehicles than scientific prototypes. This way we have been able to carry the idea of solar mobility beyond the race track and towards a broader public.

What is unique about your solar car?

What makes the thyssenkrupp SunRiser stand out the most might just be its adaptability to changing conditions in various parts of the world. After already competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge once in 2015, our solar car has continuously participated in different events around Europe and Northern Africa. Over the past year, the thyssenkrupp SunRiser has undergone additional changes to its interior configurations. These modifications will allow it to face the Australian outback once again, four years after its original run.

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

Since our inaugural entry in the event, competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has continued to be the primary objective for young teams from Bochum. It has given multiple generations of engineers in training at our university a challenging goal to work towards, and a clear motivation to challenge themselves beyond the usual curriculum.

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

What often comes to mind are the opportunities to see a different part of the world, as well as meeting and socializing with our peers from all around the globe. Mostly however, our team is looking forward to have the work effort of almost two years finally pay off.