Two Turkish teams (see below) are registered for the 24-hour iLumen European Solar Challenge to be held at Circuit Zolder in Belgium on 18–20 September. Unfortunately, although both teams are still hoping for a last-minute reprieve, Covid-related travel regulations seem to preclude their attending. This is a shame, because both teams are running excellent cars. Team Solaris might have another chance to shine next February in South Africa, however.
Challenger (B.O.W.) – “B.O.W.” stands for “Bees On Wheels,” from the ITU logo. This is B.O.W.’s last race, and the car has been getting some pre-iESC testing. They even ran their own 24-hour test race (although battery problems forced a premature finish after 11 hours). Their base is about 2,610 km from Zolder by road. However, I understand that there are still travel restrictions into Europe for Turkey. See their iESC team profile here.
Left: Anthony Dekker / Right: credit (click images to zoom)
Asymmetric challenger (S10) – they believe the new car to be 44% more efficient than the 2015 model. Given the overlap with WSC 2021, I am not sure if they will still compete in South Africa as they had planned. They have been doing some pre-iESC testing. Their base is about 3,080 km from Zolder by road. However, I understand that there are still travel restrictions into Europe for Turkey. See their iESC team profile here.