UNITEN, a university under the Tenaga Nasional Berhad had launched their second solar car named as the Solar Ranger 2. Read the full news from Bernama.
UNITEN LAUNCHES THEIR SECOND SOLAR CAR – THE SOLAR RANGER 2 TO COMPETE IN WSC2011
PUTRAJAYA, — Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) Monday launched its second solar car project, Solar Ranger 2, to bring the university’s innovation to the World Solar Challenge 2011 (WSC2011) in Australia.
Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Dr Mashkuri Yaacob launched the project at a function to welcome home the university’s Solar Ranger 1 team at a hotel, here, today.
The 16-member Solar Ranger 1 team including eight engineering undergraduates came in 22nd among 32 teams competing in the 10th edition of the WSC from Darwin to Adelaide from Oct 25 to 30.
UNITEN’s solar car which earlier faced a technical glitch enroute to Darwin from Sydney completed the race while two other teams withdrew from the challenge.
Mashkuri said the cost of the Solar Ranger 2 car was estimated to reach RM1.2 million compared with RM900,000 for the Solar Ranger 1 car, with work to be undertaken to improve the solar cell performance, the design for a lighter body, and the suspension system, besides having high performance batteries.
Team manager Assoc Prof Halil Hussain said UNITEN hoped for sponsorship from local companies, besides Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) which was the sole sponsor for the Solar Ranger 1 project.
Team captain of Solar Ranger 1, Edmund Ti Wee Kiat, hoped that Solar Ranger 2 would carry on the university’s challenge and bring glory to Malaysia at the next biennial race traversing over 3,000km from Darwin to Adelaide.