An important recognition by the Italian Consulate in Chicago, for the research and innovation efforts and high technological achievements that made it possible for the participation of Made-in-Italy products, such as the “Emilia 4” solar car, in this complex and demanding international race. The car, created by the Onda Solare (Solar Wave) team within the University of Bologna, with Scm Group as a principal industrial partner involved in the design and manufacturing phases, has arrived in the United States, where it will compete in the American Solar Challenge 2018 (14 to 22 July).
Ahead of this momentous event, where the Italian solar car is to compete against other solar-driven vehicles developed by high-ranking U.S. universities, the Italian team members accompanied by Cms North America Marketing Manager, Christopher Nesbit, representing the Scm Group, were greeted by the Consul General of Italy in Chicago, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, on Saturday, June 30th. The reception included a demonstration of the car’s highly-innovative and eco-sustainable features (made using "green" materials and weighing just 661.39 Lbs., with energy consumption that equals that of a small hair dryer). A carbon model of the car was presented as gift to the consulate.
The Cms Advanced Materials division, known for its excellence in processing composites and aluminum for the automotive and aerospace industries, among others, has played an important role in machining the molds for producing the car's carbon-fiber body. In the coming days, the Emilia 4 car will travel from Chicago to Nebraska, to go through the scrutineering portion of the competition. The team will be joined there by another Scm Group representative, Denise Dujmic, who supervised all the car's design and manufacturing operations at the Group Industrial Research Centre. Denise will be a part of the race team, and through her we will follow the entire Emilia 4 American adventure. Stay tuned!