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ICC Solar Car Project

Ifield Community College have recently embarked on an exciting new project in partnership with Ardingly College, which involves designing and building a solar vehicle.

This will culminate in the vehicle and students from both schools taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) in October 2019. The 3,000km route starts from Darwin and finishes in Adelaide.  The car will be driven by sixth form students during the five-day race where we hope to become the first UK team to complete the whole 3000km.

The joint venture is enabling pupils to develop several important skills, bringing together engineering, science and creative abilities. Not only that, we shall be the only European (and possibly global) schools entry to take part in this exciting opportunity.

The 2-seater car weighs just 450kg and has a top speed of 75km/hr.  The car has recently taken part in the iLumen European Solar Challenge and came 6th place in the Cruiser Class. The cruiser class for the 2019 BWSC is for solar cars designed for practicality and acceptance in a global market segment. Cruiser Class teams aim to change the way we think about what we drive and what fuels we use. Which hopefully gives the students and those that are taking part in the design and manufacture of the vehicle a head start in an increasingly competitive search for future energy sources as we become less reliant on fossil fuels as a society.  

ICC are currently in the process of designing new doors for the car which need to be aerodynamic, allow the driver and passenger to get out safely and keep the Australian dust out of the interior. We are progressing very well towards this goal with year 9 and 12 students spending their Saturday mornings, and time after school each day working hard to try to get the job done before Prince Albert of Monaco visits on the 4th of April to view the car.

By taking part in this collaborative venture it enables students to work on real world applications and deepen both their scientific and design technology capabilities for employers and higher education establishments in an unparalleled way. For some students the project involves working on promotional material using various electronic and traditional media. If you would like to offer any (much needed) help or assistance with our exciting project, then please get in touch with one of the ICC team at dbi@ifieldcc.co.uk or sga@ifieldcc.co.uk.

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