Yes, I know, another World Solar Challenge story, Nino. Why another one? Because the innovation of these vehicles which have been introduced by some of the close to 50 universities which will take part in this event is very much worthy each of their own tales. So far I’ve told stories of Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Michigan and University of Toronto. The next school to highlight? The Delft University of Technology and its Nuna7 entry.
The Delft solar car recently unveiled by its student designers is that school’s first four wheel car. Like many of the other teams which will take part in the Challenge, which covers over 1864 miles across the harsh Australian outback, Delft has some experience to back its design decisions already. Previously it has entered the race six times, winning it four of those six and coming in second the other two.
Much like other entries which required new thought processes because of rule changes, Nuna7 has seen its share of modifications. These include being very lightweight and more aerodynamic to help the vehicle achieve top speeds of nearly 115 miles per hour. Also, noted the team making this car, is that it
is revolutionary asymmetrical: the driver is no longer in the centre, but at the side, between front and rear wheel. The 450-centimetre long car is propelled by a panel of 6m2 silicon solar cells.
This team which has built the car includes its first ever female captain who, along with 15 other “young talents from a variety of TU Delft studies,” suspend their studies to build the vehicle. These members come from a range of disciplines, from Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics.