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27 Feb 2019
27 Feb 2019

Punch Powertrain passes the torch as main sponsor of Belgian Solar Team

Punch Powertrain passes on the torch of main sponsorship of the Belgian Solar Team to Agoria. Relinquishing this position will lead to a name change for the team. During the 6 years of Punch representation, the team has consistently improved its performance and continued rising in the rankings, resulting in a brilliant first place during Carrera Solar Atacama in Chile, in 2018. Punch Powertrain will continue the partnership with the team and the company continues with its intensive technical support.

Partner relationship and technical support

The fact that Punch Powertrain is no longer part of the Belgian team’s name does not mean that the company will stop contributing going further. Punch Powertrain has been a loyal partner of the team for eight years, six of which as main sponsor. During this period, they supported the team in various ways, both technically and in terms of marketing and business relations. This resulted in four solar cars: the Umicar Imagine, the Indupol One, the Punch One and the Punch 2. But this is not where the cooperation ends. For the development of the BluePoint, the eighth Belgian solar car, Punch Powertrain will continue to support the team on a technical level. The company’s specialization in the field of electric driving and e-motorsport and its recent acquisition of the inverter specialist - APOJEE - may bring valuable new technology to the team.

Consistent progress and innovation

As of its introduction as main sponsor (and name partner) in 2012, Punch Powertrain started intensive coaching and gradually shifted the focus from reliability to continuous performance improvement and innovation. Punch Powertrain Solar Team passed with flying colors in meeting this goal, with an ever increasing ranking during various Solar Challenges, 2 innovation awards and - as icing on the cake - first place in the world's most extreme Solar Race: Carrera Solar Atacama in Chile in 2018.

Proudly, we present the track record of the team:

 

6th

2013
Indupol One

World Solar Challenge 2013 (Australia)
Innovation Award World Solar Challenge 2013
As of 2012 Punch Powertrain becomes main sponsor and commences its intensive coaching and technical support. After the technical problems with the battery pack of the previous year, the team focuses on reliability. Their efforts are royally rewarded as they return home with the innovation award for the safest battery pack. The team finishes sixth, without any significant technical problems during the race.


3rd

2015
Indupol One

Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge 2015 (United Arab Emirates)
After the successful race in Australia, the team wanted to go a step further. After some technical adjustments to the car, they went to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. During this race, they finished third, securing the first Belgian podium place in the history of the Belgian Solar Team.


5th

2015
Punch One

World Solar Challenge 2015 (Australia)
The Solar Team continues to book progress.
After a challenging 3022 km race the Punch One crosses the finish line only 1 hour and 23 minutes after the winner. In comparison: during the previous World Solar Challenge, the Belgian team finished seven hours after the winner.


2nd  

2016
Punch One

24 hours iLumen European Solar Challenge 2016 (Belgium)
The iESC is a 24 hour race, which attracts many European and international teams. The Punch Powertrain Solar Team was representing the Belgian flag with the Indupol One – the Solar Car that has proven its reliability in 2013-2014. This car has helped the team to secure the silver medal.


3rd  

2017
Punch 2

World Solar Challenge 2017 (Australia)
Innovation Award:World Solar Challenge 2017 
After starting in pole position and an intensive 5 day race, the Punch Powertrain Solar Team finished on the podium with 3d place. In addition to the bronze medal, the team brought home the innovation award for its clever invention that allowed the vehicle to ‘sail’ in the side wind.


1st

2018
Punch 2

Carrera Solar Atacama 2018 (Chile)
With 2,577 km of extreme desert conditions and mountain climbs up to 3,430 meters high, this Solar Challenge is considered to be the most difficult one in the world. During this race, the team achieved a consistently strong performance, driving the maximum allowed speed of 100 km / h during large parts of the ride.