Who are the competition of Solar Team Twente?

| Stan Waning

Solar Team Twente will meet six other teams this week in Morocco. That is far fewer opponents than usual in Australia, but who are the opponents of the Twente team? A short introduction.

Solar Team Twente.

Vattenfall Solar Team

Team Delft is - as it has historically grown - among the favorites, even though the team did not impress in the first stage. The TU Delft team almost always competes for the prizes and this year's ambition will be no different. Nuna11 will have to help the team in Morocco. The asymmetrical catamaran runs on three wheels and is characterized by a white color with orange accents. Nuna11 has a top speed of 135 kilometers per hour. (Photo left, source: Hans-Peter van Velthoven)

Agoria Solar Team

Belgian engineering students from KU Leuven are also hoping to take a shot at the prizes in Morocco. The team finished first in the Carrera Solar Atacama in Chile in 2018 and also won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2019. Yesterday, Belgium crossed the line first, so expectations are high for the Belgians. The team is driving the BluePoint Atlas, a bullet-shaped, three-wheeled car with a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour. (Photo at right, source: Geert van den Wijngaert)

Team Sonnenwagen Aachen

With the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany is also represented in Morocco. Team Sonnenwagen Aachen is appearing on the scene with the Covestro Photon. Just like the Delft team, this is an asymmetrical catamaran that runs on three wheels. The car reaches a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The Germans did not have a dream start in Morocco. On Sunday, the car crashed into a tree stump during qualifying. Although Aachen was able to start yesterday, the stage did not go well. (Photo left, source: Sonnenwagen Aachen)

Top Dutch Solar Racing

The University of Groningen is also participating in Morocco. With the Green Spirit, the students from the north hope to impress during the five-day race. The bullet-shaped car is in any case the most striking of the bunch, because its bright green color stands out well. Moreover, the Green Spirit - which reaches a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour - is the only car that runs on four wheels. During qualifying, the Northerners were the fastest, but Groningen gave up that lead during stage 1. (Photo right, Top Dutch Solar)

Chalmers Solar Team

On behalf of Sweden, a delegation from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has traveled to Agadir. The team hopes to impress with the Sköll solar car, which bears the starting number 51 on the side of the bullet-shaped car. The Swedish team also chose a car with three wheels. Judging by the result in the first stage, Chalmers does not seem to be driving for prizes in Morocco. (Photo left, source: Chalmers)

Solaride Estonia

While the five teams above are participating in the challenge, the team from Estonia is taking on a different challenge. The Estonian car, Solaride 1, is competing in the cruiser category. This is intended for multi-person solar cars, which in addition to speed are also judged on energy consumption, the number of people and practicality. If Solaride finishes the race, it will win the category, as it is the only team that entered the cruiser category. Eindhoven, absent in Morocco, also always competed in that category. (Photo right, source: Tiit Liivik)


On behalf of Morocco, a team from the university in the capital, Rabat, was to participate, but that team cancelled before the start of the race. Due to the lockdown in Morocco, the team was unable to access the solar car for months. (Photo left, source: Mines Rabat)


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