Near East University – Nicosia, Northern Cyprus
Hailing from the Near East University in Cyprus, the Near East University team consists of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students (Masters and Undergraduate). The team’s motto is to ‘Live like a continent on the island’: “We are extremely excited to race in the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa and show the world our technological achievements.”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Near East University, the team named its car Ra25 – ‘Ra’ for ‘God of the Sun’ and ‘25’ for the university’s milestone. The production of the car took six months and incorporates the most advanced electronic parts and a carbon fiber body.
Claims to fame
Apart from the Sasol Solar Challenge, the team regularly takes part in other national and international competitions (including World Solar Challenge Australia and the American Solar Challenge) and is currently working on RoboCup (soccer playing robots), unmanned aircrafts and watercrafts, as well as biomedical products to ease life of the elderly.