European Solar Challenge 2018


Circuit Zolder seen from above (imagery: Landsat, solar car photo: Bochum, chart: Scientific Gems). Sunset/sunrise and the phase of the moon are correct for the date.

The 17 teams listed below have registered for the 24 hour iLumen European Solar Challenge, to be held once again at Circuit Zolder (Belgium) on September 19 to 23. Results from 2016 are here, the current regulations are here (6 m2 panels are allowed, as is night-time external charging), and the programme for this year is here (the 24 hour track race starts at 13:00 on the 22nd, with sunset at 19:37 that evening and sunrise at 07:26 the next morning, and with the race continuing until 13:00 on the 23rd). See also the official iESC social media at     (click on the symbols).


Scoring for the iESC this year is 50% based on the number of laps completed, and 50% based on five other criteria. The “regularity test” for consistency of speed is new (and I don’t quite see the point of it). The “safety challenge” is apparently a simulated emergency (and will be good practice for the WSC).

AU  Team Arrow 

This team came 7th at WSC 2013. They came 8th at WSC 2015. They came 3rd in the WSC 2017 Cruiser class. They came 5th at Abu Dhabi 2015. Their car is called Arrow 1. This is the car that they raced at WSC 2015.


picture credit (the 2015 car in new livery)

BE  Punch Powertrain Solar Team 

This team came 6th at WSC 2013. They came 5th at WSC 2015. They came 3rd at WSC 2017. They came 3rd at Abu Dhabi 2015. They came 2nd at ESC 2016. Their car is called Punch 2. They have announced that they are taking that car to Chile, and will race a modified version of their 2015 car (Punch One) here. I rank them currently the #4 Challenger in the world.


photo: Anthony Dekker (Punch One at WSC 2015)

CO  Kratos EAFIT–Postobon 

This team participated in the ESC 2016. They were formerly known as EAFIT Cambria. Their car is a Cruiser. They took this sexy-looking car for a test drive one night.

CO  Multiplo Racers

Like Kratos, this team is from Medellin. I can find no social media.


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EG  Falcon Solar Car Team

This team is from Alexandria. I can find no social media.


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FR  Eco Solar Breizh 

This team came 14th at Abu Dhabi 2015. It is a French (or rather, Breton) team, started in 2008. They also raced at ESC in 2014, and came third in the 2017 Albi Eco Race. Their car is called Heol, and is a symmetric design. They recently got new solar panels.

DE  Bochum University of Applied Sciences 

This team came 2nd in the WSC 2013 Cruiser class. They came 3rd in the WSC 2015 Cruiser class. They came 2nd in the WSC 2017 Cruiser class. They fielded three cars at ESC 2016, coming 3rd, 4th, and 5th. They are fielding four cars this year: SolarWorld No. 1 (2007), SolarWorld GT (2011), ThyssenKrupp SunRiser (2015), and their newest car, the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser (2017).


picture credit (four Bochum vehicles)

DE  Sonnenwagen Aachen 

This team participated in WSC 2017. Their car is called Huawei Sonnenwagen.

HU  Kecskemét College GAMF (Megalux) 

This team came 7th at WSC 2015. They came 3rd at SASOL 2016. I rank them currently the #8 Challenger in the world.


photo: Anthony Dekker

IN  Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology Solar Car 

They have a three-wheel car (Phoenix-1), but apparently plan to build a Cruiser (SolarStorm) for WSC 2019.

IN  Galgotias University Solar Car Project 

This appears to be a new team. Their car is a Cruiser.

IT  Futuro Solare Onlus 

This team participated in the ESC 2016. Their car is called Archimede 1.1. Next year, they plan to unveil a really sexy Cruiser.

NL  Solar Team Twente 

This team came 3rd at WSC 2013. They came 2nd at WSC 2015. They came 5th at WSC 2017. They came 1st at ESC 2016. They are defending their ESC title this year. Their car is called Red Shift. Given the regulations, however, they may be racing an older car. Their team number (21) is a pun and a wish for success in the race (“Twente-One”). I rank them currently the #3 Challenger in the world.


photo: Anthony Dekker

PL  Lodz Solar Team 

This team participated in the WSC 2015 Cruiser class. They participated in the WSC 2017 Cruiser class. They came 5th at SASOL 2016. Their car is a 5-seat Cruiser, called Eagle Two. Given the regulations, however, they may be racing an older car.


photo: Anthony Dekker

TR  MilAT Solar Team 

This team came 4th at Abu Dhabi 2015. They appear to be the old SOCRAT team reborn.

TR  Istanbul Technical University (ITU) 

This team came 17th at WSC 2013. They participated in WSC 2017. They came 7th at ESC 2016. Their car is called BOW ISTKA. Given the regulations, however, they may be racing an older car. I rank them currently the #16 Challenger in the world.


photo: Anthony Dekker

GB  Ardingly College 

This team participated in the WSC 2015 Cruiser class. They are building a new car for iESC 2018. It will be a 2-seat Cruiser.

This page last updated 13:43 on 9 August 2018 AEST


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