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TWO FROM TWO - TEAM EINDHOVEN CRUISES INTO BACK TO BACK HONOURS

In one of the most closely fought contests on record, the Dutch have dominated this year’s 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Having already won the Schneider Electric Challenger Class title when team Nuon crossed the line first on Thursday, just ahead of compatriot team Twente, it was team Team Eindhoven’s turn to shine. Their back to back win of the Cruiser Class category was announced tonight at the Awards Ceremony in Adelaide.  

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CRUISER CARS OF THE FUTURE – JUDGED AS TEAMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE SHINE IN ADELAIDE

Cars of the future we could well be driving tomorrow were on show today in Adelaide’s Victoria Square. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class category showcases solar cars with a difference – those with design, technology and practical features that could become part of mainstream motoring.


The Cruiser Class was introduced to bridge the gap between high end technology and everyday driving practicality. The resultant cars are distinctly different ranging from sports coupes, to luxury four seater family car; solar cars with smart apps, sound systems and everything in between.

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IT’S ALL DOUBLE DUTCH IN THE BATTLE FOR THE LEAD

Day 3 in the ultimate endurance event that is the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge saw sparks of rivalry fly as the two Dutch teams travelled nose to tail for nearly 700 kilometres along the Stuart Highway. Team Twente in ‘Red One’ have never won the Challenge. The Nuon Solar Team are no strangers to the winners’ circle having won a total of five times including last event in 2013. Twente are clearly hoping it’s their turn to shine. Both teams have to contend with the ever-present threat from Team Michigan in their speed machine ‘Aurum’ who are still just minutes behind.

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LEAD CHANGES AS NUON MAKES A CHARGE

Team Twente in ‘Red One’ have led, sometimes by just seconds from their Dutch compatriots, the Nuon Solar Team, for most of the 2,500 kilometres since leaving Darwin on Sunday. But just outside of Pimba, the team that has won this event five times previously, made their move.


Around 150 kilometres north of Port Augusta, ‘Nuna 8’ streamed past, to take the lead. The question now is will they be able to hold it? 32 kilometre desert head-winds may be a factor in this contest with aerodynamic performance and stability coming into play.

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LEADERS CROSS THE BORDER AS STELLA LUX FAMILY CAR TRAVELS 1500 KM ON A SINGLE CHARGE

With just 11 minutes separating the top three teams as they cross the border into South Australia, the stage is set for a scorching finish in one of the closest Challenges ever contested.


At 1.30 pm Darwin time, Team Twente from the Netherlands in ‘Red One’ were leading their compatriots and 2013 Champions, Nuon Solar Team in ‘Nuna 8’ by just 11 seconds with University of Michigan in ‘Aurum’ keeping them in sight.

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TAILWINDS ASSIST THE FLYING DUTCH IN TUSSLE FOR TOP SPOT

At 1.30 pm Darwin time, just minutes separated the leaders in the Schneider Electric Challenger Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Favourable northerlies of around 24 kph were assisting top teams maintain speeds of around 90 kph and conserve energy.

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS DAY ONE AT 2015 BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE

US Solar Champions Team Michigan were off to a flying start in ‘Aurum’ with an early lead in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge reaching the first control stop of Katherine in just under 2.45 hours.

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42 TEAMS OFF TO CHASE THE SUN

42 teams took to the start line at State Square in Darwin today, Sunday 18 October in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.


Team Eindhoven from the Netherlands in their four seater family Cruiser car of the future ‘Stella Lux’ had the honour of leading the Event at 8.30 am after posting the fastest lap time in yesterday’s time trials at Hidden Valley. Just behind them, was Clenergy Team Arrow from Australia in their Challenger solar car ‘Arrow1 GT’ having conceded pole position by less than a second.

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Will Arrow Fly - who will take pole on the start...?

While Australia's team Arrow prepares to defend their pole position and record as the fastest four wheeled solar car, just one team remains unsure if they will be able to compete. 45 of 46 teams have now presented and passed the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge extensive static scrutineering process. The question now is who will take pole at the start?

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Going for Gold - Solar Teams Light Up at Victoria Park

Monday September 21, 2015

Sunglasses may be required to watch the most successful solar race team in North America, US ‘golden’ team, University of Michigan (U-M), take on compatriots Stanford Solar Car Team (SSCP), America’s top solar team, and local first time entrants, the University of Adelaide, in a few laps of friendly rivalry around the Victoria Park Criterium on Monday September 21, 2015.

In the lead up to this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the U-M team, who touched down in Adelaide last week, will spin the wheels of their million dollar machine, ‘Aurum’ named after the Latin word for gold, on the renowned city track more famous for horsepower of a different kind. Also in town, the rival Stanford team are out to prove their revolutionary ‘Arctan’ also has the Midas touch. But new kids on the block, Adelaide University Solar Racing Team, (AUSRT), don’t intend to be overshadowed, saying their car ‘Lumen’ (Latin for light), is capable of shining just as brightly.

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Top Secrets Revealed Under Scrutiny

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Every World Solar Challenge reveals at least one secret, closely guarded by its team.

Today was the first behind the scenes look at the international ‘top guns’ and new-look Cruisers – the cars of the future, on the scrutineering floor together for the first time.

Millions of dollars of high-end technology and innovation on show. Netherlands Nuon Solar Team, 2013 champions, had kept their car, ‘Nuna 8’ under wraps until today. They think their design will give them an aerodynamic edge. Things too seem to be falling into place for American Solar Champions, University of Michigan, whose solar car ‘Aurum’ had people talking at the testing track. They are on show today along with their US compatriots, Stanford University with ‘Arctan’. For the first time in the event, team UKZN, South African Solar Champions will take to the floor with their car ‘Hulamin’.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FUTURE

The largest, most competitive field ever is converging on Darwin from all corners of the globe for this year’s 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Teams from 25 countries are taking on the ultimate endurance challenge in the harshest of climates in a bid to prove they have what it takes to shape our driving future. The 3,000 kilometre event will be flagged off from the State Square in Darwin on Sunday 18 October at 8.30 am, contested by 46 teams.

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Flinders University to be leading light in solar challenge partnership.

It’s a match made in the heavens. Leading light in solar technology research Flinders University and the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge are embarking on an historic partnership to usher in a new generation of solar vehicles, via the world’s pre-eminent solar challenge event.

The organisations are delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement that will boost the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge’s research strengths by harnessing the talents of the state’s leading nano-technology university.

Event Director Chris Selwood says the sponsorship agreement will be the first time in its 28 year history that a University has invested directly in the Event.

“It is a fitting, well-matched partnership in more ways than one,” Chris says.

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World’s biggest solar challenge – record field set to shine

A record breaking 47 teams from 25 countries will take to the start line for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October this year.


Environment Minister Ian Hunter said it was fantastic to be able to announce the largest ever field in the event’s history today - World Environment Day.


“Some of the very brightest young minds in the world are now preparing to take on the Australian outback in the 3000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide,” Mr Hunter said.


“They have to prove they have what it takes to deliver the world’s most efficient electric car,” he said.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the event was an unique opportunity to embark on a cross-country adventure.

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2015 WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE ENTRIES OPEN

Chief Executive of the South Australian Motor Sport Board, Mark Warren, today officially opened and called for entries for the 2015 World Solar Challenge.


Making the announcement on United Nations World Environment Day, Mr Warren confirmed the 3,000km adventure will start in Darwin on 18 October 2015 and conclude in Adelaide on 25 October 2015 and will retain the three classes that took part in the 2013 event.

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Bridgestone Announces Title Sponsorship for 2015 Challenge

10 March 2015, Bridgestone announces a return as title sponsor of the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

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2015 WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE - MINISTER ANNOUNCEMENT

Bridgestone has renewed its sponsorship of the world’s biggest solar car challenge.


The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide will be held in October this year, and has already attracted 28 registered competitors.


Tourism Minister Leon Bignell welcomed Bridgestone’s return as the event’s major sponsor, and said the 3000 kilometre challenge would bring together some of the world’s most innovative thinkers.

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