The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Begins October 8th in Australia

World Solar Challenge winner from 2015
Nuna8 winner of the World Solar Challenge in 2015.

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone)  announced the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, one of the world’s most well-known solar car events, will take place in Australia from October 8-15, 2017 (local time). Bridgestone is the title sponsor of this event, which brings together the greatest minds from around the world to challenge electric vehicle norms and travel the outback in a vehicle powered only by the power of the sun.

 This year marks the 30th anniversary of this event, which brings together university students and young engineers from 21 countries to participate in the race, encompassing about 3,000 km (1864 miles) on the Australian continent.

The race consists of three classes: Challenger Class, which is a contest of speed; Cruiser Class, which is a competition of vehicles’ energy efficiency and practicality; and Adventure Class, which is a non-competitive class open to various types of vehicles. A total of 42 teams from 21 countries are scheduled to compete. For the race, Bridgestone will supply fuel-efficient “ECOPIA with ologic” tires for solar cars to 21 of the 40 teams competing in the Challenger Class and Cruiser Class races.

Bridgestone is committed to continually working toward a sustainable society to help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Through events like the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, Bridgestone is helping expand educational opportunities to support young engineers who will drive the development of technologies to help realize a sustainable society.

Overview of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge:

  1. Date: October 8–15, 2017
  2. Host Country: Australia (Start: Darwin; Goal: Adelaide)
  3. Host: South Australian Tourism Commission
  4. Race Classes

(1)    Challenger Class
A race to be first in vehicles designed for speed; vehicles require four wheels and one driver.

(2)    Cruiser Class
A race testing vehicles’ energy efficiency and practicality; vehicles must have four wheels and be able to be ridden by one driver and more than one passenger.

(3)    Adventure Class
A race open to vehicles that do not meet the requirements to compete in the Challenger Class or Cruiser Class, such as vehicles based on the regulations of prior competitions; vehicles must have more than three wheels.

Event schedule

Date

Details

Location

October 3–6

Static scrutineering

Darwin

October 5

Welcome party hosted by Bridgestone

Darwin

October 7

Dynamic scrutineering (time trials)

Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex (Darwin)

October 8

Start of the race

Darwin

October 12

Opening of the goal

Adelaide

October 15

Street parade and award ceremony

Adelaide

“ECOPIA with ologic” tires for solar cars
“ologic” is Bridgestone’s fuel-efficient tire technology with a narrow tread and a larger diameter of the tire, which realizes high levels of fuel efficiency and safety. Bridgestone will supply fuel-efficient “ECOPIA with ologic,” tires, which is based on the “ologic” concept for solar cars to 21 teams participating in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Teams Bridgestone will supply tires

No

Team

Car Name

Country/Region

Class

5

SunSPEC

SunSPEC5

Singapore

Cruiser

7

Adelaide University Solar Racing Team

Lumen II

Australia

Challenger

8

Punch Powertrain Solar Team

Punch Two

Belgium

Challenger

9

PrISUm

Penumbra

United States

Cruiser

10

Tokai University

Tokai Challenger

Japan

Challenger

11

HS Bochum SolarCar-Team

thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser

Germany

Cruiser

14

Flinders Automotive Solar Team

Investigator Mk III

Australia

Cruiser

15

Western Sydney Solar Team

Unlimited 2.0

Australia

Challenger

25

NITech Solar Racing

Horizon 17

Japan

Challenger

32

Principia Solar Car

Ra X

United States

Challenger

35

IVE Solar Car Team

SOPHIE VI

Hong Kong

Cruiser

37

GOKO HIGH SCHOOL

MUSOUSHIN

Japan

Challenger

38

NWU Solar

Naledi

South Africa

Challenger

40

Solar Team Eindhoven

Stella Vie

Netherlands

Cruiser

45

Lodz Solar Team

Eagle Two

Poland

Cruiser

71

ITU Solar Car Team

B.O.W. ISTANBUL

Turkey

Challenger

75

UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift

Violet

Australia

Cruiser

77

Blue Sky Solar Racing

Polaris

Canada

Challenger

88

Kogakuin University Solar Team

Wing

Japan

Challenger

94

University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle

Project

Eos II

United States

Cruiser

95

National Kaohsiung University of Applied

Sciences (KUAS) & St. John’s University

Solar Car Team

Apollo VIII

Taiwan

Cruiser

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