The Agoria Solar team has unveiled BluePoint, its entry for the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which will take part in the gruelling event in Australia in October. The unveiling of the car, which was painted at the Cromax Training Centre (CTC) in Mechelen, Belgium, revealed a fresh new livery: solid white with two shades of blue that were specially developed by Cromax to match main sponsor Agoria’s corporate colours. The formulae for these special colours will be available in ChromaWeb.
The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the eighth consecutive year the University of Leuven has had a team take part and Cromax, its Silver Partner since 2017, has worked with the students since 2015. Solar challenges are about being as fast and as efficient as possible, which is exactly how Cromax likes to work, so the partnership is a perfect match.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be a Silver Partner once again,” said Kevin Torfs, Cromax Brand Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “The team is incredibly ambitious, passionate and driven, values that we at Cromax share. Not only does the car look stunning, but also our Ultra Performance Energy System has helped the team meet their sustainability and energy-saving goals.”
Since the 2018 event, the team has worked tirelessly on creating BluePoint’s carbon fibre chassis and making improvements. When the chassis arrived at the CTC last month the students wanted to ensure that the products and processes used aligned perfectly with their sustainability goals. Our Ultra Performance Energy System, which makes use of maximum energy and material-saving products, was the obvious choice.
PS1081 Ultra Performance Energy Surfacer in white (VS1) was applied first, part of the ValueShade concept, that delivers the optimal undercoat, delivering faster coverage and reduced basecoat consumption. The activated Cromax Pro Basecoat colours were then applied. Then partners’ logo decals were applied before the CC6700 Ultra Performance Energy Clear, which was applied in three passes with intermediate sanding, ensuring the decals would be completely smooth, helping to safeguard BluePoint’s aerodynamics. The Cromax logo will appear on BluePoint as well as on the team’s clothing, support convoy and publicity material.
Cédric Robert, Business Relations for the Agoria Solar Team, said: “We are very happy with the final result of the car. The Cromax team has worked incredibly hard to make sure BluePoint looks amazing and has the durable finish to deal with the extreme conditions we will face in Australia.”
Torfs concluded: “Thanks to our extensive experience in motorsports, coupled with our dedication to innovation, we have provided the team with valuable guidance on the coating at every step of the process. Everyone at Cromax will be following BluePoint’s progress and we will be cheering them on in October.”
For more information on the relationship between Cromax and the Agoria Solar Team, visit www.cromax.com/eu/solarteambelgium. Also, keep up to date with the progress of the Agoria Solar Team via www.facebook.com/solarteam.be or visit www.solarteam.be.