Interior of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser, the car from Hochschule Bochum
My “Sustainability” gem for the World Solar Challenge goes to Hochschule Bochum for their elegant interior, finished with renewable natural products such as pineapple leather, vegetable linens, wood, and cork.
The “Sustainability” gem goes to Hochschule Bochum
The car we did not see, Persian Gazelle 4 from the University of Tehran
The “Sexy Car” gem goes to the car we did not see, Persian Gazelle 4 from the University of Tehran. This car was heavily damaged in transit, and was unable to race. It looked beautiful, though, being reminiscent of a Lamborghini Aventador.
The “Sexy Car” gem goes to the University of Tehran
Red Shift, the car from Solar Team Twente
Previously awarded was the “Best Solar Car Name” gem, to Solar Team Twente, for their car name, Red Shift. Twente’s car name was a reference to the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, as well as continuing the naming sequence previously established with their Red Engine (2013) and Red One (2015) – and being a really, really geeky way of saying “eat my dust.” The car was indeed very fast.
The “Best Solar Car Name” gem went to Solar Team Twente
Above, the calendar for November (click for hi-res image). See more calendars here.
Nuna9, the car from Nuon Solar Team
It has been my tradition to hand out “Gem Awards” after major solar car races. This WSC, the “Faster Than Lightning” gem again goes to Nuon Solar Team, the undefeated Challenger champions.
The 2017 “Faster Than Lightning” gem goes to Nuon Solar Team
Stella Vie, the car from Solar Team Eindhoven
The “Solar Family Car” gem again goes to Solar Team Eindhoven. They completely dominated the Cruiser class.
The 2017 “Solar Family Car” gem goes to Solar Team Eindhoven
Western Sydney Solar Team
The “Solar Car Family” gems go to Western Sydney Solar Team, for the way that they welcomed international teams passing through Sydney. Western Sydney Solar Team are, of course, also Australian champions in the Challenger class.
The 2017 “Solar Car Family” gems go to Western Sydney Solar Team