Student teams from the technical universities of Delft, Twente and Eindhoven have been participating – with great success – in the biennial World Solar Challenge in Australia for many years. This year’s edition, which takes place in October, will see a fourth Dutch team: under the name “Top Dutch Solar Racing” students from the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, the University of Groningen and mbo Noorderpoort will participate in the Challenger class of the competition. Delft and Twente are also in that category, Eindhoven competes in the Cruiser class.
What makes Top Dutch Solar Racing different is that it is not a university team, but a team with students from different levels of education. The solar car will be built in cooperation with governments, companies and educational institutions in the North of the Netherlands. Top Dutch Solar Racing was founded in February 2017 by a group of students from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, with the aim to contribute to innovation and sustainability and to broaden knowledge. The team now consists of 26 students from different study programmes who share their knowledge with each other. Every day, they work on the car inside their own workshop on the grounds of the Hanze University.
During the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, student teams race 3022 kilometres through Australia with their own solar cars in three different categories. The race starts in Darwin, in the North, and ends in Adelaide, in the South. This race has been held every other year since 1987.