Horsham student helps build solar powered car for world challenge

Ardingly College students work on their solar powered car for the  Bridgestone World Solar Challenge being held in Australia - picture contributed
Ardingly College students work on their solar powered car for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge being held in Australia - picture contributed

Horsham student James Price, 18, is set to drive across Australia in a solar powered 3,000km race as part of a five man team.

James, of Comptons Lane, Horsham, has been part of a team preparing the student-built solar-powered electric car for the race for three years now, which takes place from October 18 to 25 from Darwin to Adelaide.

The project, Ardingly Solar, is entering in the cruiser class that seeks to encourage practical, sustainable transport. The group estimates 80 Ardingly College students have been involved in the making of the car, with teachers providing expertise to assist.

To enter the race there must be strict adherence to the 366 regulations or face exclusion from the race.

The Ardingly Solar project has received around £150,000 worth of financial and practical support from industry and sponsors. David Smith, chief financial officer, Rolls Royce, has praised the students’ efforts: “The solar car is a tremendously ambitious project and a great challenge for Ardingly pupils and staff, in an exciting area of technology. I look forward to seeing them on the road crossing the Australian desert.”

The group are currently putting the last touches to the car before commencing testing on the vehicle.

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