The State Government has announced entries for the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) are now open, with new regulations that will test teams from around the globe.
A consortium of five universities - including the University of South Australia – were the first to register, banding together for the first time as the Australian Technology Network (ATN).
Initial responses have been outstanding with a total of 9 registrations received.
The biennial event will run from 13 – 20 October 2019, with teams starting in Darwin and travelling 3000km to Adelaide.
Excitement is gearing up with Bridgestone Corporation confirming it will continue its support –re-signing as the Title Sponsor for 2019.
Minister for Tourism, Investment and Trade, David Ridgway joined Bridgestone Corporation’s Director of Brand Strategy and Communications Division, Mr Ken Oyama, to thank him for Bridgestone’s ongoing support and their commitment to a sustainable future.
Minister Ridgway said Bridgestone have been a valuable partner of the World Solar Challenge and the State Government is delighted to see this association continue into its sixth year in 2019.
“Bridgestone are a perfect fit because of their commitment to advance innovative technologies, their support for global communities and their pledge to reducing environmental impacts,” Minister Ridgway said.
“The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a global event on the South Australian calendar, regularly generating millions in revenue, international exposure and showcasing our state as a hotbed for innovation.
“It’s great to see the nation’s most innovative and enterprising universities working together. The Dutch may have hit the trifecta last year, but the young minds of Australian Technology Network are telling me their solar-car will be one to watch.
“The countdown to next year’s race is on and with South Australia’s rich history of staging great events we know the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will continue to turn out record numbers,” Minister Ridgway said.
Mr Oyama echoed Minister Ridgway’s sentiments and said the partnership plays a significant role in Bridgestone’s ongoing CSR contributions.
“On behalf of Bridgestone Corporation, it is our great honour to announce our support of this important event, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, for the sixth consecutive year since 2013,” Mr Oyama said.
“The World Solar Challenge is a perfect representation of our commitment to CSR, that is, to enhance future mobility, to advance environmental technologies and to contribute in raising the global leaders for the next generation.
“We are convinced that this challenge will gather the world’s brightest young minds to unite and to open the doors for an innovative world. That is the underlying passion of our support,” Mr Oyama said.
Event Director Chris Selwood AM said teams were excited to see the new regulations and eager to log their registrations for 2019.
“With the announcement of the 2019 regulations, the wait is over for the teams whose industrial design students are developing their concepts in anticipation of one of the world’s greatest adventures.
“Next year’s event sees an evolution of the disruptive changes introduced last event which teams will need to apply to their concept.
“Innovation, achievement and adventure are the stuff documentaries are made of. The concept of Brainsport is design, build, compete.
“With the event increasing its international profile year on year, we are expecting around 45 team registrations from more than 20 countries and are excited that teams around the world have indicated they are starting to plan their visit to Australia.
For further information visit: www.worldsolarchallenge.org