World Solar Challenge: The Disciplines

Some of the disciplines on Nuon’s team in 2013 (adapted from this map of science)

Building and racing a solar car is not easy. Many areas of expertise are required, with typical team roles including:

  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Race Manager
  • Marketing, PR & Sponsorship
  • Aerodynamics Engineer
  • Composites/Body Engineer
  • Chassis Engineer
  • Powertrain Engineer
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Strategy Lead
  • Exterior & Interior Designer

The Belgian solar car team is posting an interesting set of interviews with their technical specialists (so far, mechanical 1, motor & logistics, team manager, monitoring & ICT, business relations & finance, public relations & events, mechanical 2, and electrical).

To win the race, a vehicle’s solar cells, motors, batteries, electronics, and body must all be cutting-edge, and the race strategists must carefully optimise the vehicle’s speed. Highlighting some of these issues, the University of New South Wales has developed the very nice online virtual World Solar Challenge simulator below. It’s open to players from around the world (just click on the image).

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