University of Bologna solar-powered car wins Moroccan Solar Challenge Race 2016

19 Nov 2016 | Network Updates

Emilia 3, the solar car developed by the University of Bologna, won the MOROCCAN SOLAR CHALLENGE RACE 2016, which took place  in Marrakesh on Sunday, November 13th 2016.

For the first time in history, an Italian car was the fastest car -joining the incredible average speed of 100km/h, with a maximum speed of 120km/h- and arrived first in an international competition.

The car, only powered by solar energy, preceded all the other teams, especially the hardened French and Turkish teams for which only the places of honor on the podium remained.

This year, after the second place at the Carrera Solar in Atacama desert (Chile) and the excellent placing at the 24 Hours of Zolder (Belgium), finally a great success for the Ondasolare team, which has been developing and leading in the race, for years, these futuristic vehicles. In 2011 and 2013 the team also participated in the World Solar Challenge in Australia, managing to cross the continent, from north to south, using only solar energy. Currently, a great effort is taking place: the team is trying to create 'Emilia 4', a four-seater, which will race in the World Solar Challenge 2017. This car will be a mix of technology -100% deriving from the research activity of the University- and commitment of students and staff.

The project will also involve many companies operating in the Emilia Romagna Region, that own the best technical and production capabilities of our territory.

The congratulations go to all the team members, but particularly to the racer Ruggero Malossi, who will be remembered as the first Italian driver to win an international competition of solar vehicles.

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