Team name: DSJ Solar Car Team
Car name: Sonnenbrand III
Country: South Africa
The Deutsche Schule Johannesburg has been competing in the Sasol Solar Challenge for many years as one of the few high schools to attempt this enormous challenge. But as the learners graduate the team changes, and every race is different.
In 2016, the DSJ Solar Car Team will compete in the Challenger class with Illanga 1.5, donated to them by the University of Johannesburg. Rebranded as Sonnenbrand III, the challenger class solar car is being completely rebuilt for its newest trial. With new regulations government the Sasol Solar Challenge this year, much of the electronic wiring is being redone, and the cockpit changed to accommodate the two teachers who are driving the students’ pride and joy across the country this year.
Fifteen year-old team manager Aqeel Latib heads up the team of mostly Grade 8 and 9 students, many of whom dream of going on to study engineering at university. The Sasol Solar Challenge is an opportunity for them to get hands-on experience with engineering, but also to be exposed to an array of world class universities and engineering experts on the route.