TEAM | City University of Hong Kong Solar Car Team
CAR NAME | Reysol
COUNTRY | Hong Kong, China
CLASS | Adventure
The Sasol Solar Challenge will be the first event that the City University of Hong Kong solar car team competes in outside their city.
The team is building a two-seater for the Sustainability class category. While the university has been building experimental solar cars since 2015, this is the first time that it is designing a fully roadworthy vehicle to compete in an international event.
The ten engineering students are also supported by their university’s school of creative media, and the business and English departments are helping with admin and communications.
The students on this year’s team met each other virtually through online racing car games when they were teenagers. When they landed up at the same university, they decided to turn their gaming hobby into a solar car project.
Because of their love for classic racing cars, the exterior design of Reysol, the car coming to South Africa, is inspired by classic racing cars from the 1970s. Like an ordinary car, Reysol will include rims, a chassis and suspension repurposed from an old racing car. Unlike their competitors, the team are building a carbon steel body, making their car quite heavy for a solar car.
Reysol weighs 900 kg, which is still much less than normal internal combustion engine vehicles. To carry this weight, the team are fitting two high output motors and a large 18 kW/h GLM battery.
The value of the car is 500,000 Honk Kong Dollars (roughly R860,000).
Because this is the team’s first solar car event, they aren’t aiming to be too competitive. They’ll use the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge as a learning experience, to test Reysol and collect data with which to attract sponsors for their next, more competitive solar car.