Italian solar-car race team presents model car to Team Okinawa

Italian solar-car race team presents model car to Team Okinawa

At Ozato Junior High School in Nanjo, the members of the engineering club were given the model car and in response wrote “Thank you” in Italian on a blackboard to the Italian team.

August 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An engineer team from Modena in Italy that participated in the World Solar Challenge race held in October 2011 in Australia presented a model car to Team Okinawa, the first Okinawan team to take part in the world’s largest solar-powered car race. The model car was made using exactly the same design and materials as the car that competed in the actual race and it represents the engineers’ desire to wish each other good luck and to look forward to a reunion at next year’s race.

The manager of Team Okinawa, Satoru Izuka, and the pupils of the engineering club that is also a member of Team Okinawa, accepted the model.
Yuri Inafuku, a first year student at Ozato Junior High School said, “I was surprised that the model car is so light and that it looks so good.” Ryuki Tamashiro and Ayumu Yabiku, second-year students hoping to take part in next year’s race, said, “We are very pleased to be encouraged like this by people from overseas. By honing our skills to the same level as our seniors, we would like to do our best for the people in the local community and for the companies that have supported us.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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