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Nuon Solar Team surpassed by Japanese rival during qualification

Posted on 19-09-2018

The TU Delft solar car team starts in second place with Nuna9S in the Sasol Solar Challenge, which begins this Saturday.

Pretoria, 19th  September 2018 – The race has not even started and there was already a test of strengths between the Nuon Solar Team and its biggest opponent, the Japanese team, Tokai. During the qualification for the starting positions, the Japanese were one second faster than the team from the TU Delft. As a result, the Dutch will start in second place in the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa this Saturday.

The qualification took place at a street track in the north of Pretoria, where Nuna9S had to prove herself at 400 metre slalom. “Nuna felt very stable during the slalom”, says Jelmer van der Hoeven (23), the qualification driver and driver during the race. “I am confident that we can overcome all the different terrains we will encounter in South Africa. It will be intense, but with our Intelligent Cruise Control we will have a good chance to defeat Tokai.”

It was the first real confrontation between the 9 teams that are competing in an eight day long solar race over a distance of 4500 kilometres. The differences between the teams were small during the qualification, therefore the Sasol Solar Challenge will be a very intense race.

Description: Nuon Solar Team drove the parcour in 8 seconds, 1 second slower than their Japanese opponent. (Foto by Jorrit Lousberg). Videos are available at:  https://we.tl/t-2qsoZPrnte

Supported by the Dutch ambassador

Wednesday, the Nuon Solar Team was supported by the Dutch ambassador in Pretoria, Han Peters. He placed the solar team in a “Dutch tradition of innovation, team effort and collaboration.” Peters: “The Netherlands is famous for its innovations in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. With the ambitious climate goals, such as 40 percent less carbon dioxide emissions in 2030, we need to be innovative and collaborate. Fortunately there are intelligent, young students from the Technical University Delft who can realise these new ideas.”

Last year the Nuon Solar Team has worked nonstop to make Nuna9S into the world most intelligent solar car. Therefore the ambassador is certain about a victory for the Nuon Solar Team.

Ambassador Peters will drive along with the convoy behind Nuna9S at the start of the Sasol Solar Challenge. The start will also be intense for Pauline Overes (22): she will drive the solar car on a six lane highway with a speed of 110 kilometres an hour, driving on the left side of the road.

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