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Bridgestone to supply solar car tires using fuel-efficient tyre technology to 32 teams competing in the 2019 Bridgestone World SolarChallenge

Bridgestone to supply solar car tires using fuel-efficient tyre technology to 32 teams competing in the 2019 Bridgestone World SolarChallenge

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) will supply solar car tyres using its fuel-efficient tyre technology to 32 teams participating in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), for which Bridgestone is the naming rights sponsors.

Held in Australia once every two years, the BWSC is the world’s foremost solar car race. The 2019 race event will begin on October 13, 2019, and racers will compete on a course spanning 3,000 km from Darwin on the northern edge of Australia to Adelaide on the southern edge over a period of approximately five days.

The solar car tyres “ECOPIA with ologic” to be supplied to teams competing in this race are fuel-efficient tires designed specifically for solar cars using fuel-efficient tyre technology from Bridgestone, “ologic.” “ECOPIA with ologic” tyres ensure the necessary durability while featuring reduced rolling resistance. Tyres using ologic technology are narrower than standard tires with a wider diameter, making for a shape that realises high levels of fuel efficiency and safety. The wider diameter limits changes in the shape of the contact patch to yield lower rolling resistance, which improves fuel efficiency. In addition, the narrower shape reduces air resistance while driving.

“ECOPIA with ologic” solar car tyres
This event partnership seamlessly aligns with the three priority areas of the Bridgestone global corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment, Our Way to Serve: mobility, people and environment. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge embodies that philosophy with their purpose to contribute to the development of solar cars, support young engineers, and contribute to the environment while using a new power source: solar light. The Bridgestone Group employs innovation and technology to improve the way people move, live, work, and play.

Teams to be supplied with tires by Bridgestone (as of September 27, 2019):

*No. Team School Country / Region
5 SunSPEC Singapore Polytechnic University Singapore
7 Adelaide University Solar Racing Team Adelaide University Australia
8 Agoria Solar Team Solar Team vzw Belgium
9 Onda Solare University of Bologna Italy
10 Tokai University Solar Car
Team
Tokai University Japan
11 SolarCar-Team Hochschule
Bochum
Bochum University of Applied
Sciences
Germany
12 Cambridge University Eco
Racing
University of Cambridge United Kingdom
14 Flinders Automotive Solar
Team
Flinders University Australia
15 Western Sydney Solar Team Western Sydney University Australia
16 Stanford Solar Car Project Stanford University United States
of America
18 UiTM EcoPhoton Solar Racing
Team
UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia
25 IVE Engineering Solar Car
Team
Hong Kong Institute of Vocational
Education
Hong Kong
30 Team Arrow Team Arrow Racing Association Australia
35 University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project University of Minnesota United States
of America
37 Goko High School Goko High School Japan
40 Solar Team Eindhoven Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
41 MTAA Super Sol Invictus The Australian National University Australia
42 TAFE South Australia TAFE South Australia Australia
45 Lodz Solar Team Lodz University of Technology Poland
47 NITech Solar Racing Nagoya Institute of Technology Japan
49 Siam Technology Motor Sport
(STC3)
Siam Technology College Thailand
51 Chalmers Solar Team Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Industrial and Materials Science Sweden
55 Mines Rabat Solar Team National School of Mines Rabat Morocco
66 CalSol University of California, Berkeley United States
of America
75 Sunswift University of New South Wales Australia
77 Blue Sky Solar Racing University of Toronto Canada
80 Sun Shuttle Beijing Institute of Technology China
82 KUST
 (Kookmin Univ. Solarcar Team)
Kookmin University South Korea
84 Team Solaris DokuzEylül University Turkey
88 Kogakuin University Solar
Team
Kogakuin University Solar Team Japan
92 Eclipse École de technologie supérieure Canada
98 ATN Solar Car Team Australian Technology Network of
Universities
Australia
*Note: No. represents the number that the team will adorn while competing in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Overview of BWSC:
1. Official Name: 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
2. Date: October 13-20, 2019
3. Host Country: Australia (Start: Darwin; Goal: Adelaide)
4. Host: South Australian Tourism Commission
5. Race Classes
(1) Challenger Class
A race to reach the goal the quickest in vehicles designed for speed; vehicles require four wheels and one driver.
(2) Cruiser Class
A race testing vehicles’ energy efficiency and practicality; vehicles must have four wheels and be able to be ridden by one driver and more than one passenger.
(3) Adventure Class
A race open to vehicles that are based on the criteria for participating in previous BWSC races or that otherwise do not meet the requirements to compete in the Challenger Class or Cruiser Class.

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