This year, we are racing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. Unlike the American Solar Challenge, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has a fixed route. This is a race we have participated in three times before; twice in our current class of vehicle. For BWSC 2017, we will be racing Eos II in its first race, with an 18-person race crew that mixes veterans of both ASC and BWSC with a few new members.
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge allows us to compete against, and learn from, the best teams in the world, making everyone better in the process. This year, there are over 15 teams entered in the Cruiser Class, more than we have ever competed against, and we are excited to be challenged by each and every one of them.
The competition also allows us to meet and get to know people from all corners of the world. In America, the competition is almost exclusively American, but in Australia, the competition comes from the Netherlands, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, and many other places. Without an event like this, we would never have the ability as a Solar Car team to be exposed to so many other cultures.