The Agoria Solar Team car was the first to cross the finish line in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. This achievement is a wonderful reward for the KU Leuven students in the team, who spent 15 months working on their car, the BluePoint.
“It feels incredible to be standing here at the finish line as world champions,” says a very enthusiastic team manager Willem-Jan Claes. Yesterday, it became clear that the final part of the competition would be a neck-and-neck race. On the penultimate day of racing, the Belgian team had virtually eliminated their 43-minute time difference thanks to a clever racing strategy. A mere 2 minutes and 27 seconds behind the leading team, the KU Leuven students started the last day of the race. The team took first place about 250 kilometres before the finish line. “For this year’s edition, we focused on the reliability and finishing touches of the car, and that strategy has paid off,” Claes continues.
Source: “KU Leuven students win world championship for solar cars”, Tine Danschutter, KU Leuven