The Story of (Wahj)...

The story began in 2010 (1431 H), when a group of students from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) decided to make a not so traditional graduation project, a small remote-controlled solar car. But the project didn’t stay that way for long, it grew and evolved until a student team was formed named (Seraaj). The newly formed team decided to stare into the sun and create a real size car that can carry one person and run on battery and solar energy alone. The name of the car was (Wahj).

Seraaj ProjectThe name of the team and the car were inspired by a verse from the Holy Quran. The final goal of the project was no longer just to meet the graduation requirements, but to participate in the World Solar Challenge that is held in Australia every two years.

A group of students from Seraaj Team, led by Professor Amro Al-Qutub, a professor in Mechanical Engineering department, traveled to MIT, USA to learn the basics of manufacturing a solar car, which normally takes two years, but the team finished the car in just 11 months, and so (Wahj1) was born as the first car to be manufactured in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

When the team wanted to issue a chassis number, they contacted SAE in America, who are responsible for issuing chassis numbers all around the world. They revealed a surprising fact that no car has ever been registered as manufactured in Saudi Arabia and that's why there is no country code is created so far. So the Seraaj team chose 'RS' as the country code for Saudi Arabia that means any car manufactured in Saudi in future must begin with this code. The chassis number for (Wahj) was 001. On 30th of September, 2011 Saudi Arabia officially entered the list of countries that manufacture cars.

Drill Sample - NanoComposites Research

Seraaj Team: First Generation

The first generation of Seraaj Team, along with their car (Wahj-1), participated in the World Solar Challenge 2011 in Australia, and the result was satisfying particularly since it was their first ever participation. They were able to cross the road that starts from north of Australia and leads to its finish line at south of Australia.

Drill Sample - NanoComposites Research
In 2012, the second generation of Seraaj Team was formed with the goal to construct (Wahj-2), which they wanted to pass its predecessor technically, and to avoid a lot of its design errors. They wanted (Wahj-2) to be one of the top ten cars in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Seraaj team was composed of students from multiple disciplines. The team members faced a lot of technical challenges and spent more than ten thousand work hours of the course in one and half year. The biggest challenge and in fact the hardest time of the Project when Professor Amro Al-Qutub suffered a critical health issue that threatened to end this project.

Despite all this, the team managed to create (Wahj-2), and it was shipped from the workshop at KFUPM to Sydney airport, where it was sent to Darwin, the starting point for the race. But, just a few days before the start of the race, the truck carrying the car was subject to a sudden fire, and the fruit of two years hard work was turned into ash. The team was not able to participate in the 2013 race competition.

Today, the team aspires to finish (Wahj-3) and to participate in the 2015 race. This time they are equipped with the cumulative experience and armed with a newfound determination. Seraaj Team from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals is an example of what determination can do.

If you want to be a member of Seraaj Team and take part in creating (Wahj3), sign up at www.seraaj.com/reg before 15th May 2014.All these details can be found in the documentary film (in Arabic) that was recently made by Wahj team:

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