World Solar Challenge: Dark Horses

In the World Solar Challenge, there are three new Challenger class teams and two new Cruiser class teams that have fielded very good-looking vehicles. Together with the teams that have an established racing record, these five new teams might be particularly worth keeping an eye on:

9: Adelaide University (  Australia, Lumen)

This new Australian team has a very nice-looking Challenger class car.

18: MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton (  Malaysia, Stingray)

This new Malaysian team also has an impressive-looking Challenger class car.

23: Kecskemét College Faculty of GAMF (  Hungary, MegaLux)

This Hungarian car is perhaps the pick of the dark horses in the Challenger class, and blogger MostDece thinks it may even have a shot at winning.

45: KGHM Lodz Solar Team (  Poland, Eagle One)

This new Polish team has produced a very nice-looking Cruiser class car.

88: Kogakuin University (  Japan, OWL)

Kogakuin are not new to the WSC, but they are new to the Cruiser class, and they seem to have made a huge leap forward in terms of professionalism this year. Blogger MostDece is actually calling them favourites to win, ahead of the top three teams from 2013.

So there you have it. Five dark horses which may do very well this year. Click on the symbol for detailed team profiles of these five teams, or click on the team social media icons for more information about what they are up to.


6 thoughts on “World Solar Challenge: Dark Horses

  1. I would like to add CUER as a wild card favourite (bright horse perhaps) for the Challenger class as they have a very beautiful design but an unfortunate history of keeping that car in one piece. This year’s car definitely looks far more mature, but also has fragile technology with the tracking plates and now they are already have problems with their wheel motor. I really hope they do well as I like to see more diverse and maybe daring designs in the race. CUER ending in the top 6 would be good for solar racing.

    • I have already commented on their design here and here (and Nigel, my guest blogger, has written at some length here).

      Yes, it’s a very nice design, and I very much hope they do well as a reward for their innovation and persistence. But (a) they are not a new team (which was the main focus of this post), and (b) I don’t think even THEY expect to win; I think they’d be more than happy with a slot in the top 6 (which I agree would be good for solar racing).

    • Sorry for exaggerating your wording. I think you actually said something like “Dang. If they have the electrical reliability, solar array, and race strategy to match the mechanical quality, they could be a serious contender.”

      I do hope their race strategy matches their build quality – I also expect them to do well.

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