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Here are the 12 solar car teams that will be competing in the European Solar Challenge this year, with links to their websites and social media. The ESC will be held at Circuit Zolder in Belgium from September 23 to 25 this year. It will be a 24 hour endurance track race, competing against a (non-solar) Tesla Model S. About half the points for the ESC will come from the number of laps of the track completed. Other points will come from the fastest lap time, a timed chicane challenge on the 23rd, and a presentation about the car. Follow the race on Facebook and Twitter.
Bochum University of Applied Sciences
This team came 3rd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2015. Bochum are fielding three teams at ESC.
This team came 22nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015.
Dokuz Eylül University / Solaris
This team came 25th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015.
EAFIT / Cambria
This appears to be a relatively new team. Read more about them here.
Istanbul Technical University
This team came 17th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013.
This team came 10th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013, and 10th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge.
Punch Powertrain Solar Team
This team came 3rd in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, and 5th in the Challenger class at WSC 2015.
Solar Energy Racers
This team came 5th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013, and 11th in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. They also participated in this year’s American Solar Challenge. They will be racing their SER-1 car, which was their entry in the 2011 WSC.
Solar Team Twente
This team came 2nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2015.
Here is the 4.011 km long Circuit Zolder track:
Circuit Zolder track (map by Will Pittenger, car photo by Anthony Dekker)
This post last updated 22:15 on 31 August 2016 AEST
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Dear Tony. We would like to clarify something about the Colombian Team which participated at the WSC 2015. It’s not EAFIT / Cambria. It’s EAFIT Solar Car Team.
In EAFIT University there are two different teams developing solar cars.
EAFIT Solar Car Team participated at WSC 2013 and WSC 2015 and we will be entering WSC 2017 in Challenger Class.
Our website is http://www.eafit.edu.co/solarcareafit
EAFIT Cambria is participating at the Ilumen ESC 2016.
We would appreciate if you can correct this.
I have fixed this. They are here: https://scientificgems.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/european-solar-challenge-2016-update/
You are here: https://scientificgems.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/world-solar-challenge-2017-contenders/
I was confused by the fact that your old website/social media pages all vanished. My apologies.