Top Dutch Solar Racing is a multidisciplinary solar racing team from Groningen, the Netherlands. What makes the team unique is the fact that it is not linked to a technical university. Instead, team members study at various educational institutions of different levels (MBO, HBO and WO). We believe that everyone has unique strengths and knowledge that should be nurtured in order to contribute to the success of the team.
The backbone of the team is the foundation Solar Racing Groningen, which was founded by and still consists of student team members. Besides building a solar car, the team also manages its communication, acquisition and travel logistics on its own. What connects the students is the motivation to build the most efficient solar car and to represent the North of the Netherlands during various solar challenges. Traditionally, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the place to be for all aspiring solar teams, but besides that Top Dutch Solar Racing is also participating in the iLumen European Solar Challenge and Moroccan Solar Challenge.
The multidisciplinary nature of Top Dutch Solar Racing is also represented through the team logo. The O of “Solar Racing” depicts two circles with three compounds each. Whereas the outer circle represents the collaboration of universities, companies and students within the project, the inner circle stands for the multidisciplinary approach of the team members. The three different shades of green symbolize the three northern provinces Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Being the only solar team in the North, the team sees itself as an ambassador of innovation and technology within the sustainable mobility sector for the whole region.
The core values of the team are development, unity and sustainability. By building a solar car, Top Dutch Solar Racing is pushing current technological boundaries and adding to the sustainable innovations that aim at protecting our planet and future generations. In a world where cars are responsible for a significant amount of CO2-emissions, finding alternatives for fossil fuels is crucial in order to stop climate change. Besides getting active itself, the team also wants to educate others about sustainable mobility solutions. Top Dutch Solar Racing not only strives to unite students from MBO, HBO and WO, but also the Northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Working together with various partners from the North is a win-win situation for all parties involved and shows to the world what our region is capable of.
Top Dutch Solar Racing was founded in 2017 by four students from Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Jeroen Brattinga, Frank Pot, Eldert Zeinstra and Vincent Taselaar. They studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and wanted to use their technical knowledge to contribute to sustainable mobility solutions and innovations. Together with 22 other highly motivated students, they built the solar car Green Lightning. With this solar car Top Dutch Solar Racing participated in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 for the first time and finished 4th as best Dutch team. Besides that, they received the Excellence in Engineering Award, a prize that honours Green Lightning’s high quality of engineering despite the fact that it was the first time the students participated in the BWSC.
• Why should I become a team member?
Joining the team is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! You not only get to spend two months in Australia to take part in the world championship of solar racing, you also gain valuable work experience for your future career. On top of that, you will work together with a group of like-minded students in a respectful and fun work-environment.
• How can I become a team member?
The official recruiting for Team 2023 starts in early 2022, you can then apply by mail with your CV and motivational letter. Sometimes we’re also looking for new team members after the project started, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels!
• How long does the project take?
Becoming a member of Top Dutch Solar Racing means working on the project for around 1.5 years, two months of which are spent in Australia to prepare for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
• Do I have to take a gap year?
If you want to join Top Dutch Solar Racing, you have two options: either you take a gap year to be able to fully focus on the project, or you combine your work at Top Dutch with an internship, minor or graduation project that can be linked to the project. In any case, we want you to be available full-time.
• I don’t study a technical program, can I still join?
Yes you can! If you don’t study engineering or don’t know how to program, you can join our travel logistics and acquisition team. If you want to join our communication team, it would be good if you study communication, marketing, media or business.
• What is the workload if I become a team member?
Working at Top Dutch is a full-time job, so you’d be at the office every day. It is also not recommended to have a job besides Top Dutch.
• How much will I get paid at Top Dutch?
Nothing, we are a non-profit student team so all team members are volunteers. However, you don’t have to pay for any of the trips we make to participate in races, for example to Belgium and Australia.
• Where is the Top Dutch office?
The Top Dutch office is located North of Zernike Campus in Groningen.
• My question is not answered here, who can I contact?
If you have any questions about our team or the project, don’t hesitate to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.