All teams are currently preparing their participation at the 24 hours iLumen European Solar Challenge. During the next weeks, each team will be presented on the iESC website. Today we introduce you the Team Solar Energy Racers from Switzerland.
“The Solar Energy Racers Team was created in 2010 as a leisure time activity of active and retired staff of Buhler Group, including apprentices”, says team member Markus Hofer. “So far the team has built two cars, SER-1 and SER-2, and raced it on a number of occasions.
The core team consists of about a dozen members, but the composition has changed over time with new people joining the adventure.
Our best results are: 1st ESC 2012, 5th WSC 2013, 2nd ESC 2014, 11th Abu Dhabi SC 2015, 2nd American SC 2016.”
“The car with which we will race at the 24 hours iLumen European Solar Challenge is the SER-1. The car has a length of 4,5 meter, a width of 1,6 meter and a height of 1,1 meter. It was originally built in 2011 by the leisure team of Solar Energy Racers and was upgraded in 2016 for the Americal Solar Challenge. With this car, we won the ESC 2016 in Gent.”
The Solar Energy Racers team participated at the 2014 iESC. “But this challenge will be different, because a 24 hour race takes a lot more forward thinking”, Hofer explains. “The average speed will be lower than in a single-stage race day. We don’t know if we can beat the Tesla, but in one aspect we are sure: weight! Our solar car weighs about 200 kg, while the Tesla S model weighs about 2.000 kg.”
During the iESC the Suisse team hopes to combine a good performance with having fun as a team. “Circuit Zolder is a great place while the iESC is famous for it great atmosphere, good friendship among the teams (before and after the race). Moreover, during the weekend teams and spectactors can enjoy the best ‘frieten’ and beer that you can find!”