JU Solar Team
JU Solar Team
How many times has your team participated in the event?
Our team has participated 3 times before this year. We started from 2013 and we kept going ahead after that. In 2015, we made it to the finish line at 15th position and in 2017, we made it to 8th position.
What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?
With years passing comes new technology and new challenges. Our aim is to build a car which is lighter, stronger, more aerodynamic and safer. We built our entire chassis with Carbon Fiber and made the car lighter without the compromise in strength. In fact, it is stronger than our predecessor, Solveig. We reduced the drag by 20% when compared to Solveig. For safety, we simulated a lot of crash conditions and reinforced all the weaker sections in the car, making it safer for anyone to drive.
What is unique about your solar car?
We have a custom made wireless BMS (Battery Management System). We have several custom-made PCBs which comes in unique shapes and provides better cable management. The suspensions are custom made with air springs. The car uses the least amount of metal as the entire chassis is made from Carbon fiber.
Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
We in the JU Solar Team see the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as a great opportunity to challenge ourselves. We learn a lot on the way in this multidisciplinary project, where we go from planning to execution of the solar car and all the engineering, marketing and logistics that surround it. Through this, we also inspire the coming generations to see the possibilities of what can be done with ideas, knowledge and a lot of will power.
What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?
We are eager to meet people from all over the world that come together to push their limits and doing it while having a great time.