Holland were the big winners at this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
,The flag came down yesterday on the 30th anniversary event, which sees students from around the world compete in vehicles powered solely by the sun. Teams take on the 3,000km journey between Darwin and Adelaide in vehicles built from scratch from young innovators representing more than 30 countries.
And the Dutch teams outperformed the rest at the bi-annual event picking up three gongs at the awards ceremony in Adelaide. As well as racing, the cars were judged by a panel of experts on a range of areas, including market potential and style. And one of the Dutch winners, a team from Eindhoven, scored highly for incorporating features like an app that suggests sunny parking spots.
Dr David Snowdon, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Faculty and Cruiser Class Manager, praised Team Eindhoven for bagging top marks for efficiency, practicality and, of course, for being the overall winner in the Cruiser Class with its solar car, Stella Vie. He said: “I congratulate them on their innovation, practical design and interior style with the every-day driver in mind. ‘Stella Vie’ is a wonderful solar car in a field of exceptional cars and teams.”