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:
- Date: October 8–15, 2017
- Host Country: Australia (Start: Darwin; Goal: Adelaide)
- Host: South Australian Tourism Commission
- 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.
Welcome party hosted by Bridgestone
Dynamic scrutineering (time trials)
Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex (Darwin)
Start of the race
Opening of the goal
Street parade and award ceremony
“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
Adelaide University Solar Racing Team
Punch Powertrain Solar Team
HS Bochum SolarCar-Team
Flinders Automotive Solar Team
Investigator Mk III
Western Sydney Solar Team
NITech Solar Racing
Principia Solar Car
IVE Solar Car Team
GOKO HIGH SCHOOL
Solar Team Eindhoven
Lodz Solar Team
ITU Solar Car Team
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift
Blue Sky Solar Racing
Kogakuin University Solar Team
University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle
National Kaohsiung University of Applied
Sciences (KUAS) & St. John’s University
Solar Car Team