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Antala supports Ardingly College in Solar Car Challenge

Antala are proud to be supporting the Ardingly Solar team on their preparations for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 (BWSC).

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a bi-annual competition where students from colleges and universities design, build and race a solar powered electric vehicle across Australia. Ardingly Solar will be competing with teams from over 30 countries in the 3,000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide.

The World Solar Challenge is aimed at promoting research on solar-powered vehicles and recognising the importance of sustainable transportand green technologies.

With three years in the making, the team of students from Ardingly College have been incorporating the latest technology in the design and build of their solar powered car. The focus has been on reducing weight, improving aerodynamics, and building a new high energy battery.

Antala has worked alongside students to provide technical advice on wind shield bonding and sealing applications for the Cruiser class Solar Electric Vehicle including a demonstration on best industry practice. This has included sealing the visor which should improve the dragcoefficient of the car.

Antala are a trusted partner in the transportation industry with extensive knowledge and experience in working with some of the largest automotive engineering manufacturers including London EV Company and Lotus Cars.  

Richard Wollaston, Brand Manager at Antala said:
“We are delighted to be a part of this amazing project working with students at Ardingly College. They have shown great commitment, enthusiasm and passion for learning and we have no doubt that they will do well in the solar challenge.

As a technical solutions partner, we are always looking for ways to get involved in innovative and ground-breaking projects and working with Ardingly College is one example.   

The project has enabled us to interact with and support students, and in doing so inspire the workforce of tomorrow. Bridging the gap between industry and education is important as students gain skills that go beyond the classroom and life skills that will be valuable to them in the future.

We wish the Ardingly Solar team every success in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.”

Dr Andrew Spiers, Director of Science & Technology at Ardingly College, said:
“Working with Antala has enabled our students to gain the expertise and knowledge in adhesive bonding and sealing technology. Their help has been invaluable to our young entrepreneurs. A huge thanks to the Antala team for their support.”

The team will be competing in the Cruiser class which means their vehicle has to be efficient and practical with two or more seats. Building on their success in 2015, where the team came sixth in the cruiser class, Ardingly Solar will be looking to become the first UK team to complete the 3,000km solar car challenge.

This year’s BWSC event takes place from the 7th-22nd October.  

You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook and Twitter.  

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