The World Solar Challenge ended with victory for Nuon Solar team and their car reinforced by TeXtreme®. In addition to this, teams supported by TeXtreme® obtained several podium places.
The teams are using TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon reinforcements to reduce weight, improve stiffness and impact tolerance. They participated in different classes in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge held 18th to 25th of October in the Australian outback.
Nuon Solar Team early took the lead in the prestigious Challenger Class and then never looked back, holding the number one position all the way to the finish. The total weight of their car, Nuna8, was 150kg and by that the lightest car in the whole competition. The total amount of the composite parts of the car, using TeXtreme® developed in cooperation with DSM, weighs in total 41kg, which is a reduction with 10kg from its predecessor.
In the Cruiser Class there where two solar cars on the podium reinforced by TeXtreme®. Looking at the whole result list there were a large number of teams participating using this unique carbon fiber fabrics and benefitting from the knowledge of the TeXtreme® team in choosing the right reinforcements.
"In overall all the teams and students have been very good at utilizing the unique benefits of TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon reinforcements and designing the composite parts balancing the mechanical properties and weight savings to get the optimal results on the car and in the race. We are proud to have supported all these teams and been fortunate to work with so many talented young engineers - they do a fantastic work", says Henrik Blycker, CEO of Oxeon AB.
The prominent positions by the supported teams further establish TeXtreme® as the leading composite reinforcement material when it comes to making lightweight products.
Alongside the use of TeXtreme® in Solar cars, other users can be found in Formula 1, America's Cup, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy Car, bicycles, ice hockey, golf, tennis, surf boards, table tennis, rowing shells, canoes, skis, snowboards, as well as various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.