HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT: Bridgestone wants to create solar-power awareness. Image: Supplied.
MELBOURNE, Australia - The Bridgestone Corporation has announced that its brand will be the title sponsor of the 2015 World Solar Challenge across Australia from October 18-25.
Based on a long-term commitment to new forms of motor sport that advance environmental technologies for automotive society and expand numbers of car enthusiasts, the report says. Bridgestone will specially focus on environmental issues.
As part of these activities, building on the preceding event staged in 2013, Bridgestone has chosen once again to support this competition, which promotes the development of environmental technologies for solar-powered cars.
This will be the 13th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge since the event began in 1987. A total of 38 teams, including many university students, from 22 countries competed in a 3000km cross-country race in 2013 using only solar energy to power the vehicles. There was an earlier one in 2011.
The competition has three classes: Adventure, Cruiser and Challenger, all of which will compete for the title of the world’s most efficient solar car.
The classes are:
Four wheels/one driver
Cars designed to achieve aerodynamic efficiency
Four wheels/one driver and one or more passengers
Cars designed for practicality
Three wheels/one driver
Cars built for previous events.