The World Solar Challenge 2017
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Every 2 years, the World Solar Challenge has seen engineering teams from all round the world come together to push solar power to its limits. They must design, build and then drive their cars from Darwin in Northern Australia all the way to Adelaide on the south coast, a staggering distance of over 3,000km! All the energy that powers their vehicles must come from the Sun, or be recovered from the vehicle itself in the form of kinetic energy.
Once the teams leave Darwin, they must cover as much distance as they can by 5pm when they must stop and set-up camp until the next morning. All the teams must be self-sufficient, and are only allowed to carry out the most basic maintenance on their solar powered vehicles during the race - checking and maintenance of tyre pressure and cleaning debris from the vehicle.
The teams are separated into the following classes:
The Challenger Class - conducted as a single stage race from Darwin to Adelaide.
The Cruiser Class - conducted as a regularity trial.
The Adventure Class - a non-competitive class which features solar powered cars from previous events.
The fastest teams are expected to reach Adelaide by Thursday, 12th October. You can follow their progress by visiting the World Solar Challenge website where there is tracking of all the teams tacking part. In the test runs completed by the teams prior to the start of the solar race, the Belgium's Punch Powertrain team set the pace with an impressive average speed of 83.4km/h! Be sure to check back here on Thursday to find out which team reached Adelaide first and, more importantly, what average speed they managed!
POSITION - NATIONALITY - DISTANCE TRAVELLED - AVERAGE SPEED
1. Nuon Solar Team (NLD) 3021km 81.2km/h
2. University of Michigan Solar Car Team (USA) 3021km 77.1km/h
3. Punch Powertrain Solar Team (BEL) 3021km 76.2km/h
4. Tokai University (JPN) 3021km 75.9km/h
5. Solar Team Twente (NLD) 3021km 75.6km/h
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