Born out of a passion for innovation and creativity Ardingly Solar aims to be the first ever European School to compete in the 2015 World Solar Challenge – a biennial race across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide of over 3000km.
From high-level electrical programming to acquiring financial sponsorship, the project takes students into the world of industry; driving them to develop a combination of skills independently as they overcome the challenges of building their own solar car.
With a need for speed, an eye for detail and a taste for style we want to produce a car that doesn’t just race well but looks good too. We also want to inspire younger students around the world to take on projects of global importance, to venture where no student has been before and to break the boundaries of what people tell them is possible!
As well as overseeing general operations Matt has been heavily involved in the electronics for the team, developing a unique raspberry pi system to control electronics for the car. When Matt isn’t working on the car, you can find him on the hockey pitch or training with the football team.
Leading the largest and rowdiest division of this student led project isn’t always easy, but assertive, reassuring and passionate about science, Holly makes light work of this task. As engineers, it’s the role of the mechanics team to produce a chassis and shell for the car.
The brainchild behind this website: fascinated by the world of code and programming Lennart made his debut with the team in 2014. He tells the team modestly ‘I started with very little, but each time I faced a problem, I looked it up and learnt from other people's code and over time I became better and better to code on the level I do today’.
Enthusiastic, modest and unassuming, it is now Johannes 3rd year in the team. Working closely with the Marketing Team and our partners in industry, the business team make this engineers dream possible.
From the forefront of industry to the classroom, Dr Spiers began his career as a teacher in 2004. As pioneer of the Ardingly Solar Car, Dr Spiers supervises activity on the car and provides a wealth of valued expertise and advice to ensure deadlines are met.
Drawn to the world of journalism, Ellie oversees media communication, publicity and promotional activity for the car. She reflects “Ardingly Solar has given me a unique insight into the world of marketing […] allowing me to develop my journalistic skills”.
Lincoln Binns- Lincoln Binns have helped us with the building of our car and have ensured our ability to make our project happen. Their advice and supply of components needed for our car has played a key role within the process of developing our project further.
Elekta- In being one of our major sponsors, Elekta has provided us at Ardingly Solar with the ability to actually build what was once just a thought in our minds, into the reality that we have created within our College today. Without this support we would have not been able to create our solar car and fulfil our aim of entering the World Solar Challenge.
DHL- DHL has provided Ardingly Solar with the funding that now allows us to transport our car to Australia thereby creating the opportunity for our Solar Car to race in the World Solar Challenge. This sponsorship is vital in our project and without their support we would not have had the unrivalled chance to see what we can achieve as a College.
Solbian- Solbian have played a large part in helping us to obtain our solar panels and other vital equipment needed for our project, they have given us a notable discount and this has helped us dramatically in the steps towards achieving our end goal.
Exhibiting at the McLaren Motor Show
Working with and alongside Cambridge University
Working with Stanford University
Training at nt CADCAM
Local and national media coverage
Work experience at McLaren and Pro Drive
Working with MIA Electric Cars
Exhibiting at the South of England Show
Entering and winning Big Bang STEM competitions
Winning the “Thales Prize for Coding and Computing”
Winning the “Pyrotech Award for Design and Technology”
NSEC Regional winners for ‘Electronics and Technology’
Exhibiting at the NSEC National Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham