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Japan’s Tokai University Solar Team took second place

South Africa’s entry One of the teams taking part in the race is the Tshwane University of Technology with its car – SunChaser 3. Building a car that uses solar panels is impressive but the TUT team has decided that it will be building most of the required components itself. Team leader Johannes de Vries says that the team has a great understanding of the requirements of the race and that experiences and experiences from past races have equipped it with the necessary skills. “This year is definitely different,

because of the more demanding regulations in terms of the solar panel size reduction. There is more focus on reducing the weight of the car since there is less energy available to move the car. It will be smaller in size and more aerodynamic compared to the previous car. We also experienced that the more we work on the design we gain better clarity and understanding of how to improve the design. I am confident that we are well resourced for this year’s race, and believe that we can best challenge the other teams,” de Vries said.

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