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Material sponsors the Belgian Umicore Solar Race Team

  • Monday, 1st October 2007
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Material, the Belgian filament winding specialist, has become official technology partner for the Belgian Umicore Solar Race Team, which will participate in the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge across Australia at the end of the month.

Material designed and manufactured an ultra lightweight carbon fibre composite steering rod for the team’s solar racecar. The filament wound steering rod will reduce the weight of the car by more than 200 grams. Weight reduction is one of the key factors to minimize the loss of energy. Every gram counts.

The no-noise, zero-emission car will participate in the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge across Australia on October 21-28, 2007. The race, in fact the world championship for solar cars, is a 3000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory, to Adelaide in South Australia. It’s an energy efficiency challenge, all about creating a balance between sustainable speed and endurance, energy management and strategic planning.


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