Carlo van Dam joins Nuon Solar Team for Suzuka Dream Cup


Yesterday, Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam was presented as the newest addition to the Nuon Solar Team, which is preparing itself for the Suzuka Dream Cup solar race later this summer. With a double Formula 3 champion behind the wheel of its solar car Nuna5, the team is fully confident of achieving a satisfying result in the prestigious Japanese race.

For optimal race track performance, having an experienced racing driver onboard is essential. The Nuna5 has been modified to meet the tough requirements for circuit racing and the Nuon Solar Team decided to add Carlo van Dam to their team to drive its car as economically and fast as possible on the Japanese race track. Together with team member and experienced amateur racing driver Jan Willem van Gent, Carlo will drive Nuna5 during the Suzuka Dream Cup race on the 31st of July and the 1st of August.

Carlo caused a stir in Japan in 2008 by winning the national Formula 3 championship for TOM’s Toyota with an impressive series of victories. Meanwhile, he starred for Subaru in the Japanese GT-championship. Therefore, he knows the Suzuka circuit intimately.

Operational leader Geert Kroon is happy to see Carlo joining the team. "During testing at Zandvoort, we noticed that a racing driver has an enormous influence on the car's energy consumption. Especially during a race on a bendy circuit it is great to have a driver who knows everything about how to race around such atrack."

Thanks to Carlo’s achievements in Japan, he has become quite well known in the land of the rising sun. Mechanical engineer Bart van Riessen: "Of course we hope that impresses the Japanese competitors! We do not only have a very good car, but also a highly rated driver who became a champion on their grounds."

Carlo himself is equally satisfied with the opportunity. "Nuna5 is a completely different machine than the cars that I normally race so it will be a unique experience to drive a solar car in Japan."

The Suzuka Dream Cup is the largest circuit race for solar cars and attracts about 40 competitors, mostly from Japan. Most Japanese entrants have built their car especially for this race and have quite some advantages compared to Nuna5. Nevertheless, the team expects a top five finish to be possible.

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