Team Okinawa participates in 2011 World Solar Challenge

Team Okinawa participates in 2011 World Solar Challenge

The members of Team Okinawa uncover solar panels on the vehicle and display the car’s carbon fiber body at the Nanbu Technical High School in Yaese Town on June 24.

June 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Team Okinawa (sponsored by The Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd. and others), will participate in the 2011 World Solar Challenge, a solar-powered car race scheduled to be held in Australia this October. Team Okinawa has almost finished building its car for the race.
The car’s frame is covered with carbon fiber, which is also used for Formula One cars due to its lightness and strength, and the vehicle is equipped with custom-built wheels and tires that minimize the drag from friction.
Team Okinawa is scheduled to exhibit its solar car at the event plaza on the first floor of AEON Haebaru Store from 9:00am to 7:00pm on June 26 and to hold a press conference at which they will talk about their entry to the race. On the same day, at 2:00pm and 5:00pm, students of Nanbu Technical High School will give explanations about aspects of the solar car and talk about how they have prepared for the race. Members of the public will also be able to enjoy getting in the driver’s seat of the car.
Third-year student, 17 year-old Kousaku Kinjo, the captain of Team Okinawa, called for many people to come along to the exhibition, saying, “What we are now working on could lead to advances that will help protect the global environment. We would definitely like people to come to see our solar car and become interested in what we are doing.”

Team Okinawa is scheduled to take part in a solar car race held in Ogata, in Akita Prefecture from August 10.
Team Okinawa calls for support.
For details, call Team Okinawa at 070 (5400) 4618.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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