Since 2012 the North-West University (NWU) has been competing in solar car challenges. The NWU solar car project stands out as a symbol of engineering excellence in the pursuit of energy efficient transport technology. This flagship inter-disciplinary project of the Faculty of Engineering not only focuses on research and the application of new technologies in renewable energy but also aims at inspiring communities and prospective students to engage with renewable technology.
We are excited to announce that the NWU Solar Car team will be taking part in the Sasol Solar Challenge competition from 22 - 30 September 2018.
While the university is an experienced solar challenge competitor, this year’s team – a third of which are women – is completely new save for their technical manager. Historically a project for electrical engineering students, the 2018 build team mostly includes mechanical and chemical engineering students.
The 2018 car will be lighter and its centre of gravity closer to the front of the car. An entirely new suspension and steering unit is being designed to reduce vibrations.
Team NWU believes that their unique software – designed by master’s students to measure telemetry - will improve their strategy and give them a competitive edge.
NWU’s other accolades – which they will be aiming for again this year - include the longest daily distance by a South African team in their 2016 car, and awards for professionalism, safety and spirit.
Watch this space for updates on the building process of the new NWU Solar Car and it's team.