The Agoria Solar Team has again teamed up with Axalta brand Cromax to produce the team’s most aerodynamic solar car, known as BluePoint Atlas. Cromax’s Ultra Performance Energy system was used on the chassis, which was painted at the Cromax Training Centre (CTC) in Belgium.
According to Axalta, this year’s livery sports a complex pattern of flow lines of light to dark blue. “The ambitious, bold new design of BluePoint Atlas is perfectly matched by the more complex paint work that accentuates the car’s improved aerodynamic qualities,” Cromax said.
To avoid the additional weight and time-consuming preparation from sponsor decals, the Agoria logo and two large logos from the secondary sponsors were hand-painted on the car. Cromax developed colours specifically to match those of the brands.
Cromax said its technicians also offered expertise and guidance to the team for the masking and preparation stages and demonstrated technical application and processes that ensured the paintwork not only looked good but also withstood extreme conditions.
“We always enjoy our collaboration with Cromax and working together again on BluePoint Atlas has been no exception,” said Ruben Holsbeeckx, who is in charge of business relations for the Agoria Solar Team. “Cromax brings productivity and innovation to the table – two values we see as crucial.”
Thomas Cool, Axalta Refinish Academy Manager for Belgium and Refinish Product Specialist for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, said Cromax products enhanced BluePoint Atlas’ performance and appearance.
“We were delighted once again to welcome the students of the Agoria Solar Team to the CTC in June for a week of socially distanced prep and painting of BluePoint Atlas in our fastest and most technologically advanced paint system – our Ultra Performance Energy System – which helps the car look amazing while achieving peak performance,” Cool said.
BluePoint Atlas will take part in the first Solar Challenge Morocco, from 23 to 30 October 2021, the replacement event for this year’s cancelled Bridgestone World Solar Challenge that was due to be held in Australia. The five-day, five-stage time challenge covers 2500 kilometres across the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, starting and finishing in Agadir.