Get ready for SolarChallenge 2017

mobility of the future | The outback adventure for solar cars is under starter’s orders

The 2017 World Solar Challenge is probably the most unusual race in the world: Teams from around the globe will meet up in Australia in October to test themselves over the 3,000 kilometer route through the outback. In partnership with Bochum University our company is also entering a car with a spectacular design and lots more besides.

Our futuristic vehicle goes by the name ‘thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser’. The exact appearance of the prototype is still a secret that will be revealed shortly. But suffice to say that its elegant design will make the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser a real attraction for car lovers.


Research collaboration between thyssenkrupp and Hochschule Bochum

Students from Bochum University (Hochschule Bochum) have been working with experts from thyssenkrupp to design and build the electric car since October 2015. At the moment they are putting the final touches to the bodywork and manufacturing the individual components. From mid-April all the parts will be put together and the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser will be made ready for its big appearance at the World Solar Challenge 2017 in Australia. But before it goes down under the prototype still has to complete tests in the wind tunnel. Its maiden outing will take place at Group HQ in Essen in August, when CEO Heinrich Hiesinger will be one of the first guests to climb inside.

The prototype is the third result of the research collaboration between thyssenkrupp and Bochum University, following the successful thyssenkrupp PowerCore® SunCruiser in 2013 and the thyssenkrupp SunRiser in 2015. In the new model, the focus is on sustainability and efficiency: For example, the body of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser is based on state-of-the-art design principles and uses lightweight materials from thyssenkrupp Steel Europe. thyssenkrupp materials also feature in the powertrain and the batteries, with high-grade electrical steel from Steel Europe and magnet systems from Materials Services, while high-end solutions from Components Technology and innovative materials from Materials Services have been used in the solar car’s steering system and dampers.

thyssenkrupp and Bochum University are continuing their solarcar partnership to investigate the various aspects of developing high-efficiency electric vehicles and thus contribute to climate protection. They also aim to make solar and electric vehicles attractive for a broader public. So it is only fitting that the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser will compete in the World Solar Challenge 2017 in the Cruiser Class, where in addition to energy efficiency vehicles must demonstrate everyday practicality, be road legal in their country of origin, and be able to seat at least two people. The solar car world championship takes place every two years in Australia, bisecting the continent from north to south on public roads. Speed is not the only deciding factor; the design and comfort of the vehicles are also gaining in importance.


Adventures of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser

Over the next few months we will be reporting regularly on the adventures of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser; find out more using the hashtag #SolarChallenge and on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels. We will explain why the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser is even more sustainable and efficient than its predecessors. We will gradually reveal the secrets behind its design and the high-tech materials used in its construction. We will show how a car like this is assembled and provide insights into the daily cooperation between university and thyssenkrupp.

Check out the project’s website and their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well to be up-to-date anytime.

You can look forward to finding out what challenges and hurdles have to be overcome in turning an initial idea into the finished thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser.