We had to wait a while for the result, but yesterday at 20:00 hours local time it was announced that Solar Team Eindhoven and Stella, the world’s first solar powered family car, are world champion in the Michelin Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013.
After the time finish and the unofficial arrival in Adelaide, the team had to overcome one more obstacle. The practicality score on Saturday would be added up in order to determine the overall winner. The team was being judged on several aspects like comfort, features, styling and aesthetics but also parallel parking and cargo space.
A combination of time, recharging from the mains, the number of passengers and the final jury verdict on Saturday decided that the students from TU/e really were the World Champions in solar-powered family cars. Director Chris Selwood: “I congratulate Solar Team Eindhoven on their innovation, practical design and foresight, to think outside the square and add the extra seats. ‘Stella’ is a wonderful solar car in a field of exceptional cars and teams. I look forward to 2015 and the prospect of more cruisers as we work toward the world’s most efficient electric car,” Chris said.
There’s a great sense of relief among the students from TU/e. By winning the Race to the Sun they’ve underlined their vision: building the family car of the future. “We’ve set the new standard”, said team manager Lex Hoefsloot. “After one-and-a-half years of hard work we’ve not only proved that the world’s first solar-powered family car is now a reality, but at the same time we’ve won the World Solar Challenge.”