Beijing Institute of Technology
How many times has your team participated in the event?
Twice - once in 2013 and the other in 2015.
What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?
We aim to make Sun Shuttle 3 a super-efficient practical 4-seat solar car. The chassis and body are completely made from carbon fiber and aluminum alloy to achieve the lightweight and firmness purpose. To reduce wind resistance at high speed, catamaran-shaped body provides a wind resistance coefficient of 0.126. Two in-wheel motors drive rear wheels respectively to reduce transmission loss. Besides, a smart energy management strategy can adjust energy flow according to different working condition.
What is unique about your solar car?
The in-wheel motors which drive the rear wheels are designed and manufactured by ourselves. In fact, we manufacture as many parts as possible of Sun Shuttle 3. Deviation may exist though, every single part of Sun Shuttle 3 is our pride.
Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
Sun Shuttle solar team is attached to Low Emission Vehicle Research Laboratory of Beijing Institute of Technology. Our aim is to reduce vehicle's emission which fits the purpose of BWSC very well. We value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge because it’s a great challenge for every solar car. We are excited to test our car in the event so we can finally know if our research works out.
What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?
We are looking forward to meet other amazing solar car teams and their cars in Australia and see if we can successfully finish the event. Landscape of Southern Hemisphere is another thing we are looking forward to.