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Continuing to Chase the Sun

After the fifth and eighth place in the iLumen European Solar Challenge 2020, our Team Sonnenwagen says goodbye to racing this year to focus on the next challenge: The World Solar Challenge 2021.



Check out everything you need to know about this year’s race in Belgium. With our milestones you can follow Jennifer, Simon, and the other team members throughout their experience in Belgium: from the preparation phase to crossing the finish line. Also, we will look ahead and continue to accompany Team Sonnenwagen while they prepare for the next big race – only powered by the sun!

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Pushing Boundaries

Sonnenwagen Aachen race to influence the future of e-mobility and solar energy.

Route map

Click on location point to learn more about each stage.

Start: Darwin
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Katherine
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Daly Waters
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Tennant Creek
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Barrow Creek
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Alice Springs
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Kulgera
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Coober Pedy
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Glendambo
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Port Augusta
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Finish: Adelaide
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Sonnenwagen news

Count down begins!
Follow our milestones on the road to Belgium. What did Team Sonnenwagen have in store for us?
Mar
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Starting repairs
The Sonnenwagen sustained major damages after the fatal crash in Australia. Repairs were executed in March.
Mar
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As good as new
The team worked hard on finishing repairs on the Sonnenwagen and making the car fit for Belgium.
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Albi Eco Race
[CANCELLED] Team Sonnenwagen was hoping to compete in this race in France to put the car to a test. Unfortunately, the race was cancelled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
May
15
First car testing
The new Sonnenwagen car was finalised and started its first testing to be ready for the race.
Jun
15
New vehicle wrap
The Covestro Sonnenwagen got a new look for ERC.
Sep
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Car testing in Zolder
First testing with the Covestro Sonnenwagen on the racetrack in Zolder, Belgium.
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Arrival of the team
Team Sonnenwagen travelled to Belgium to prepare for the race.
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Preparations, scrutineering and qualifying
In the days prior to the race, our team ensured that everything was ready for the big day.
Sep
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24 hours iLumen ESC: Day 1
After intense months of preparation and uncertainty, the race finally started.
Sep
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24 hours iLumen ESC: The Final Day
Final Day of the ESC! The hard work of our Team was rewarded with a 5th and 8th place on the race.
Sep
20

Sonnenwagen - Milestones

The iLumen European Solar Challenge in Belgium has come to an end, with our Team Sonnenwagen placing 5th and 8th. Find out more here about the hard work and preparation that went into the 24-hour race.

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Meet the team

Aerodynamic, lightweight and highly efficient, the new Sonnenwagen is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from the design, engineering and technical students who make up team Sonnenwagen.

Meet the car and some of the talented and passionate team members who dreamt bigger, and made it a reality.

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team solar cells
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team Aerodynamics
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team Structure
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COVESTRO SONNENWAGEN

Innovative engineering made in Aachen.

STRUCTURAL

Responsible for holding everything together by using carbon fibre as the main material and securing a safe occupant cell for the driver.

SOLAR CELLS

With 890 highly efficient GaAs solar cells, the team can generate approximately 1kWp on just 2,6m2. This is the only energy input they can rely on, to cross the Australian outback.

SUSPENSION AND CHASIS

A unique four-wheel system allows front and rear axis steering in both the same and opposite directions. This system allows for optimal sailing effects with the use of side winds.

BATTERY

With a cell mass of 20kg, the Team generates up to 5kWh of energy capacity. This is necessary for hill climbs and periods of less solar radiation which normally fuels the solar car.

ENGINE

An original Sonnenwagen 2017 motor, with doubled temperature stability. Built for longer acceleration and recuperation periods.

Podcast

Podcast with Nadia Homann from Team Sonnenwagen

With incredible speeds of up to 140 km/h, team Sonnenwagen journeyed through the Australian outback powered purely by solar energy! In this podcast, we spoke to Nadia Homann, engineering student and member of Team Sonnenwagen, about the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, how the race went for the team and her thoughts towards women in engineering. Listen to the podcast right here.

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Meet the masterminds behind this revolutionary solar powered car

3022 km across the Australian outback, at an average speed of more than 80 km/h, powered by the sun, the worlds most renowned universities and teams come together for a demonstration of true teamwork, competitive spirit and determination.

Sonnenwagen Aachen are a team of innovative students who believe solar technology and sustainable mobility concepts are crucial for the future.

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Hard work pays off. Sonnenwagen Aachen are on the road! Let the games begin.

“Our goal is to drive innovation in the areas of lightweight construction, solar energy and the driving strategy to show the world that e-mobility is the future.”

Sonnenwagen Aachen are officially on their way to the World Solar challenge. With unpredictable weather conditions, harsh terrain and sleepless nights, will they prove victorious? Join us as we witness a feat of true passion and teamwork.

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