The Sonnenwagen team from RWTH Aachen University is the only German team this year to be taking part in the Challenger Class – the toughest race for solar-powered vehicles. Porsche is providing this ambitious project with both financial support and expertise. The development of an emission-free solar-powered racing car by students at RWTH Aachen alone represents a bold undertaking. Supporting this research approach is very important to Porsche Motorsport.
The Sonnenwagen team’s futuristic-looking solar-powered vehicle will be on display in the Nürburgring Boulevard. The 30th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will take place in Australia from October 8 to 15. The race covers 3,022 kilometers along the Stuart Highway through the Australian Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.
Sonnenwagen Aachen e.V. association, and their core team have already visited Porsche Motorsport on two occasions. The first time the team visited the Porsche motorsport centre in Flacht, the specialists from the three-time Le Mans winning team spent half a day with the students from Aachen, focussing on the subjects of the vehicle body, electrics, simulation, wind tunnel tests, organizing air freight, as well as team management.
During the second visit, coinciding with the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa in Belgium, the young designers of the solar-powered racing car learnt all about professional weather observation and race strategy. This combination plays a key role in the Australian Solar Challenge as the sun is the only available source of energy.
Porsche’s support for the Sonnenwagen project is just one of many of its commitments in the areas of research, education and promotion of talent. Porsche supports many such initiatives, including the Femtec career platform for women, the Formula Student design competition and the Jugend grundet business plan game.