Team India Revs its Engines with RhinoKore in 2017 World Solar Challenge

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Sunday, October 8th, with support from RhinoKore, Team RVCE’s custom car will compete in the 15th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.

RhinoKore’s lightweight materials provide performance advantages for a College of Engineering in India in the creation of their solar-powered car.

RhinoKore is always looking for unique opportunities that can highlight the benefits of its cores and what better way than in a solar car race.

On October 8th, competitors from around the world will be gathering in Australia for the 15th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. This unique competition challenges students to build the ultimate solar-powered endurance race car that can travel for 3,000 km in five days from Darwin to Adelaide. One set of students to bet on is Team RVCE from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Bengaluru, India and their solar car, reinforced with Canadian company RhinoKore Composite Solution’s P100 honeycomb core.

Unlike the other solar-powered race car competitors, their vehicle, 'Arka', is built with a special material sourced from BC, Canada. Tasked with the challenge to build the most efficient solar car in India—and the world—Armstrong-based company, RhinoKore, caught Team RVCE's attention. RhinoKore Composite Solutions was approached back in 2016 by Team RVCE via LinkedIn with a special collaboration request: help provide the lightest, thinnest honeycomb core material possible for the body of their car. In April 2017, RhinoKore sent Team RVCE their foam-injected panels, including a special extra thin 3-millimeter version so it would be as lightweight as possible.

In regards to the upcoming race, Greg Ringness, Marketing Manager at RhinoKore Composite Solutions said, “RhinoKore is always looking for unique opportunities that can highlight the benefits of its cores and what better way than in a solar car race where the combination of light weight and strength are most important.

From Canada to India to Australia, it feels like the world is connected. We are excited for Team RVCE’s challenge in the race and hope they do well. Being in such a difficult competition, they should feel a great sense of pride for it.”

About The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge:
The biennial competition is between teams comprised of high school and university students from over 30 countries. With strict requirements on the number of solar panels, battery size, and wattage, teams must engineer and build a solar and kinetic powered vehicle that can endure a 3,000 km, five-day race across Australia.

About RhinoKore Composite Solutions:
Established in 2007, RhinoKore Composite Solutions serves customers in the construction, marine, transportation, and sports equipment industries from a 90,000 sq. ft. facility in Armstrong, BC. RhinoKore is a leading manufacturer of lightweight and ultra-strong honeycomb cores available in a range of thicknesses and sizes, offering customization for specific requirements. They have continued to advance honeycomb core panel technology through the development of a patented manufacturing process and key partnerships with industry leading manufacturers.

For more information, please contact:
Greg Ringness
RhinoKore Composite Solutions

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