The “Sonnenwagen” team from RWTH Aachen University is the only German team this year to be taking part in the “Challenger Class” in the toughest race for solar-powered vehicles. Porsche is providing this ambitious project with both financial support and expertise.
“We want to play an active role in shaping the future of the sports car. To do so, we need exactly this kind of young people, full of courage and pioneering spirit, and who are willing to break the mould. These are values that are also firmly rooted in our company culture,” says Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche AG.
The first time the team visited the Porsche motorsport centre in Flacht, the specialists from the three-time Le Mans winning team spent half a day with the students from Aachen, focusing on the subjects of the vehicle body, electrics, simulation, wind tunnel tests, organising air freight, as well as team management. During the second visit the young designers of the solar-powered racing car learnt all about professional weather observation and race strategy. This combination plays a key role in the Australian Solar Challenge as the sun is the only available source of energy.
Just like the Porsche Motorsport team, the students from the University of Aachen will be pushed to the absolute limit when developing their racing car. The 30th edition of the "Bridgestone World Solar Challenge" will take place from 8 to 15 October 2017 in Australia. The start of the race will take place in Darwin and travels 3022 kilometers along the Stuart Highway through the Australian Outback to Adelaide.