The meeting served to program the competitions in which the 2014 team will participate.
In the framework of the programming of the 2014 activities, members of the Antakari team, runners-up of the World Solar Challenge of Australia 2013, met with the Rector of the University of La Serena, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés Pizarro.
In the opportunity, the delegation led by the director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Castillo, presented the new challenges that motivate these days the intense work of the team, which seeks to give life to a new solar car 4 wheels that will be called IK3.
In addition, according to Dr. Castillo, within the framework of this same project, an initiative is being planned to consolidate a line of Renewable Energy Unconventional NCRE with public and private support.
In this regard, the Rector of the ULS, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés, emphasized that "the work carried out by the Antakari team in recent years has allowed us to become a leading university worldwide in the use of Non-Conventional Renewable Energies. applied to solar cars, which has led to the development of knowledge, technology and innovation in this area, "he said.
The Rector added that "the objective now is to consolidate this positioning that we have achieved, developing new projects that aim to advance in this same line, perfecting the work already done, given this project is an initiative with institutional seal that has our full support '', the authority emphasized.
The team explained that for this year is already working on a new prototype with which it is expected to participate in the Atacama 2014 Solar Race, in partnership with collaborating companies, among which Minera Los Pelambres and other mining companies in the Coquimbo Region stand out.
The new model will be 4 wheels and will have an even more aerodynamic design, which highlights the decrease in an 20% of the total weight of the car, which is expected to compete and maintain national and global positioning.
The team in charge of presenting the project to the highest university authority, was made up of engineers Mario Cáceres, Mauricio Godoy and Daniel Garrido, academics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as students Pablo Esquivel and David Bravo of Civil Engineering careers Mechanics and Industrial Civil Engineering, respectively.