SolarWorld No. 1 coated with BASF Coatings’ paints
Coatings solutions for cars of the future – Test at World Solar Challenge in October in Australia
Münster / Bochum. SolarWorld No. 1 is the German delegation’s ace in the sleeve at the Solar World Challenge in October in Australia. For months, students at the University of Applied Sciences Bochum have been working intensively on the solar racer, and with BASF Coatings won a supporter for all paint-related questions. The role of the coating for the racer cannot be underestimated. On the one hand, it has to be light weight, because every gram counts when it comes to the overall package of the racer. The paint has to withstand the toughest conditions and on top of that, needs to be environmentally friendly and eco-efficient to promote sustainability. One thing was demonstrated by the project: BASF Coatings is working on solutions for coating automobiles of the future – no matter what the appearance of the automotive surfaces, the materials they consist of, or how they are fueled.
BASF Coatings has had good reason to commit itself to this sustainability project: individual mobility is considered to be a privilege that needs to be preserved, since it represents the freedom of the individual. These days, the status of the car is equally high. However, the global increase in mobility calls for meeting the challenge of making this mobility more ecologically sound, and in this area, the coating plays an important role. SolarWorld No. 1, like the other concepts for mobility of tomorrow, demonstrates one thing: It is necessary for all actors involved in the production process to work together as well as possible to develop an optimum overall package.
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Solar Challenge is a grueling 3,000-kilometer endurance test
Leading technology and strong partners are basic conditions for finishing at the top at the World Solar Challenge (WSC). The race, which has taken place every two years since 1987, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. It poses extremely tough demands for both man and machine. Over 3,000 kilometers have to be conquered in the singeing heat. From October 21 to 28, 2007, the racetrack will be taking the teams from all over the world from Darwin, on the northern coast straight across Australia, down to Adelaide in the south. Not only are the drivers subjected to a real endurance test, as they combat temperatures of up to 50 degrees in the narrow cockpits, the outer skin of the solar racers is put to the test as well.
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