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After a year of building our solar car RED E, it is time for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. Do you want to know all about this challenge?

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🇳🇱 De eerste testdag in Australië is een feit! Vandaag testte onze testcrew zonneauto RED E op MKT Airfield. Dat was niet alleen voor de technici maar ook voor de coureurs een spannend moment: hoe is het om met deze hitte in de zonneauto te rijden? Gelukkig ging alles super goed en kunnen we trots vertellen dat de eerste testdag Down Under een succes was.
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🇬🇧 The first testing day in Australia is a fact! Today our testcrew went to MKT Airfield to test our solar car RED E. An exciting moment for the technical team members and for the drivers: what is it like to drive in the solar car with this heat? Luckily everything went well and we can proudly say that the first testing day Down Under was a success!

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“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Dutch innovation!”

Mark Rutte (Prime Minister, the Netherlands)

“Good luck during the race, enjoy it! I have a good feeling about it.”

Yara van Kerkhof (ice skater)

“You are working on the car of the future. Give it your all, good luck! ”

Harm Edens (presenter)

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The farthest journey of RED E: from Enschede to Darwin

EN|NL Before RED E can compete for the title of world champion in Australia, the solar car must arrive in Darwin first. This morning the car finally arrived, and preparations to start testing have begun. Merel Oldenburg, Secretary, Finance & Logistics of the team,...

Take a look at our convoy: the truck

Header photo by Patrick Ooms EN|NL Our solar car RED E is not the only vehicle that crosses the Outback during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: an entire convoy with the 39 team members drives along with the solar car. In this blog series we explain how we cross...

Take a look at our convoy: the Decision Making Unit (DMU)

Header photo by Patrick Ooms EN|NL Our strategic headquarters on wheels Our solar car RED E does not drive alone during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC): a convoy with 39 team members drives with RED E. In this series of blogs, we will explain how our...

Picture blog: Deelen Solar Challenge

Header photo by Jerome Wassenaar EN|NL Good weather or not; this weekend we held a race simulation, the ultimate preparation for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Deelen, Gelderland. During the race simulation we test our protocols and schedules, which are...

Wisdom Wednesday: Let’s go to Australia

EN|NL The past year our team has been working in our office in Enschede, but in just a few weeks we will have to leave our home base to go to Australia. In the last week of August our solar car will be shipped, just a week ahead of our team. But what does it take to...

Meet the partners: NLR

EN|NL Company: Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre Since which edition of the solarteam is NLR partner? At an fairly early stage we became partner of Solar Team Twente. About four editions ago in 2011 we joined the network. How was the collaboration initialized? At NLR...

Wisdom Wednesday: How to organize a car presentation?

Header picture by Martina Ketelaar EN|NL Our event coordinator Nikki will explain more about the organization of events on this Wisdom Wednesday. On June 21st we organized a super cool event. In fact, we had two events that day: Fully Charged - Explore the Future...

Wisdom Wednesday: How to catch the sun?

Headerphoto by Jerome Wassenaar EN|NL Today is Wisdom Wednesday! The day where we enlighten you a little more on the technical aspects of our project and how we challenge the future of sustainable mobility with these technological innovations. Electrical engineer Rob...

Meet the partners: IMS

EN|NL Company: IMS (Integrated Mechanization Solution B.V.) Since which edition has IMS been a partner of Solar Team Twente? The highly valued relationship between IMS and Solar Team Twente started in 2013. IMS has been involved with the development, support and...

Photo report: electronic components

EN|NL Our solar car RED E has a lot of electronic components like the solar panel, the battery, and the engine. There are quite a few components you might not immediately think about when thinking about a solar-powered vehicle. However, these components are very...

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Solar car from Solar Team Twente arrived in Australia

EN|NL Solar car RED E from Solar Team Twente arrived ‘Down Under’ on the 19th of september. On the 30th of August Solar Team Twente waved the solar car goodbye: the trip to Darwin has begun. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, in which the solarteam will...

Zonneauto van Solar Team Twente aangekomen in Australië

EN|NL Zonneauto RED E van Solar Team Twente kwam op 19 september aan in ‘Down Under’. Solar Team Twente zwaaide op 30 augustus de zonneauto uit: de reis naar Darwin begon. In Darwin start op 13 oktober de Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, waar het solarteam aan...

Zonneauto RED E op weg naar Australië

Op 30 augustus begon de reis van zonneauto RED E naar de andere kant van de wereld. De zonneauto van Solar Team Twente wordt met het vliegtuig naar Australië vervoerd. Vanaf 13 oktober vindt daar namelijk de Bridgestone World Solar Challenge plaats. Laatste mijlpaal...

Generale repetitie voor Solar Team Twente

Headerfoto door Jerome Wassenaar In het weekend van 17 en 18 augustus rijdt Solar Team Twente met zonneauto RED E op Vliegbasis Deelen. Onder barre omstandigheden oefenen de teamleden met het rijden in konvooi en het uitvoeren van protocollen. Op deze manier bereidt...

Coureurs van Solar Team Twente onthuld op TT Circuit Assen

Headerfoto door Sam Langerak Een bijzonder aanblik in Assen. Op het TT Circuit stonden gisterenavond vier teamleden trots naast zonneauto RED E. Zij zijn namelijk de nieuwe coureurs van Solar Team Twente en besturen in oktober de auto tijdens de Bridgestone World...

Smallest solar car with lowest air resistance

Header photo by Johan de Jong EN|NL On Wednesday the 31st of July and Thursday the 1st of August Solar Team Twente tested the aerodynamic features of the new solar car RED E, in the wind tunnel of the German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW) in Marknesse. The results are...

Kleinste zonneauto met minste luchtweerstand

Headerfoto door Johan de Jong EN|NL Op woensdag 31 juli en donderdag 1 augustus testte Solar Team Twente de aerodynamische eigenschappen van nieuwe zonneauto RED E in de windtunnel van German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW) in Marknesse. De resultaten zijn net als voorgaande...

Technology Base: perfecte testlocatie voor een zonneauto

Solar Team Twente test de nieuwe zonneauto RED E het liefst zo vaak als mogelijk, om in oktober goed voorbereid aan de start van de Bridgestone World Solar Challenge te staan. De Technology Base stelt daarom een deel van haar terrein beschikbaar om de testen te kunnen...

Eerste Big RED Partner voor meerdere edities

Een aantal weken terug mochten wij VIRO verwelkomen als Big RED Partner. Voor VIRO, gespecialiseerd in project management en engineering, is dit de eerste editie dat het bedrijf partner is van Solar Team Twente. Met het tekenen van het contract gaan zij niet alleen...

Batterij van Delftse, Eindhovense en Twentse zonneraceteam onderweg naar Australië

Het eerste onderdeel van de drie zonneraceteams uit Nederland gaat komende zondag, 7 juli, al op weg richting Australië voor de race in oktober. Hiermee proberen het Vattenfall Solar Team en het Eindhoven Solar Team de tegenslag van twee jaar geleden te voorkomen....
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