MegaLux vehicle construction team held a travelogue at the Kecskemét College for their sponsors.
Their solar EV performed the 3000 km journey in the Australian desert.
The team showed, among the best universities of the world, what the Hungarian technical mind can do.– emphasised Tamás Véghely, renewable energy expert, in his welcome speech, who helped the MegaLux team with his knowledge, that operates at the Vehicle Technology Department of GAMF Faculty.
The team from Kecskemét left such universities behind them as the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Cambridge or the Stanford universities on the World Solar Challenge. Five out of the 6 universities that finished before them are on the top 100 list of universities of the world.
Zoltán Kutasi team leader told us about their adventurous journey and their experiences gained.They were greeted as novices in the desert race, their high-end vehicle provoked serious surprise among the competitors. They were mentioned as the ‘dark horse’ of the current World Solar Challenge that could even win.
The solar car built in Kecskemét was set out for Australia in September already. The team took the 18-hour journey days before the race with changing many flights. The custom inspection of the MegaLux car lasted for 3 days, so they could get back the carefully wrapped car, gauges and spare parts with excitement. The vehicle had to pass a roadworthiness examination by the local authorities and it received an Australian licence number, too, because the race took place on public roads between Darwin and Adelaide. The team couldn’t relax before the race, either, since every vehicle were scrutineered strictly by the organizers. Finally, they managed to get over it, and they started from the 9th place in their division and 11th in combined.
What were the challenges vanquished successfully? For example, the so called road trains in front of and behind the race cars, the often-seen kangaroo corpses on the road run down during the night in the desert, as well as the time what they always rushed for, not to be late from the check points. This was specific for the first section of the race mainly, later the MegaLux saved more and more ‘spare time’. The race lasted from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm every day. The team and their vehicle spent the nights in the desert. Twice out of the 4 times the night found them in the Australian wilderness, where it was a big challenge for them to put up the tents.
The 3022 km distance between Darwin and Adelaide was finally covered in 5 days by the MegaLux. They finished at the 7th place out of the 46 teams competing. What they missed during the race was the experience - the team leader drew the conclusion. It turned out that they tried to save surplus secure energy in the batteries of the solar car, this way they reached the finish line with 35% charge level. They could have exploited it from the car but they didn’t want to take the risk, since their first aim was not to drop out from the race.
Hungarians in Australia helped a lot to the MegaLux team and they waved goodbye at the start line with great applause. The vehicle from Kecskemét arrived at the main square of Adelaide, there weren’t any other finishers on that day. This was the first time when the team could take a deep breath and finally meet living kangaroos.
Let’s go to Morocco!
There will be three big solar raced in 2016 in the world: in South Africa, Chile and Morocco. The Australian race takes place every second year, so the MegaLux can prove next time in 2017 there. According to the team, it would be a waste of energy if they had a well-operating car and participated in one race only. They want to stand to the start line at least in Morocco. The others are up to the sponsors mainly...
Translation of the article by Autó-motor