TEAM NAME | Genuine JV Solar Car Team
CAR NAME | Voltwagen
COUNTRY | South Africa
CLASS | Challenger
A newly formed high school team will be competing in the 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge. To prepare for the event in September, the team took their solar car, Voltwagen, for a test on a high-speed test track and subsequently went on a four-day road trip from Pretoria to the Northern Cape, South Africa. They are now ready and looking forward to compete among the best and bigger teams from around the world.
“The 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge is our first competitive solar event. Taking part in this event is a huge opportunity, an achievement and a learning curve for us,” said team manager Dr Marlize Kantor. “We have been preparing for this moment and it’s finally here. It is going to be an unforgettable experience not only for the team but the entire school.”
The Genuine JV Solar Car Team was formed by a partnership between the high school and veterans of the Sasol Solar Challenge - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Solar Team. The TUT Solar Team donated their 2016 solar car to the team in 2020. They also supported the team financially, as well as mentoring and guiding them to put the solar car together.
The car name, Voltwagen, was chosen during a school-wide competition.
After receiving the car from the TUT Solar Team, the Genuine JV team re-designed and re-built the car to comply with the current Sasol Solar Challenge regulations. The new adjustments and configurations were tested during the road trip which was roughly 310 km.
“Additional to testing the car, we also practised our respective roles which includes safety, telemetry, communication and strategic planning,” said Dr Kantor.
During the road trip, the team visited a few schools along the route were fellow learners had the opportunity to experience STEM in real-world and learn more about the Genuine JV’s solar car project.
“Overall, the trip was a successful venture that also strengthened teamwork and communication,” added Dr Kantor.
The Genuine JV team consists of 32 members, including learners from grades 9 to 11, teachers, parents and volunteers, with a combination of skills from electronics, digital systems, mechanics, civil technology, robotics, media relations and logistics. They have three drivers.