The biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a platform to showcase the world’s most efficient electric cars. In addition to presenting leading solar technology the event also inspires young people to address the imperatives of sustainable transport.
Solar car teams from 23 countries are competing in one of the world’s most prestigious and grueling sun powered car races. By the end of the race cars will have traveled a total 3000 kms through the Australian Outback. However, the event is about far more than a long distance car race. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge showcases innovation, adventure and achievement and brings cutting edge renewable energy technology to the forefront in an effort to find a sustainable future for the planet.
The largest World Solar Challenge ever is involving more teams from more countries and even more innovation than ever before. Static Scrutineering started on Tuesday October 1 and dynamic Scrutineering occurred on Saturday October 5. The official start time was at 8.15am on Saturday in Darwin and by October 8 teams had past the halfway point of the race. Teams are expected cross the finish line at Angle Vale north of Adelaide from Thursday 10 Oct to Sunday 13 October.
Nuon Solar Team’s Nuna7 from the Netherlands are in the lead despite a ten minute penalty for exceeding the speed limit on day two. Japan’s team Tokai are in second after overtaking Team Twente from the Netherlands.
Bridgestone is the proud partner for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Other supporters include the Government of South Australia, Northern Territory Government, Clipsal & Schneider Electric, Michelin, Go Pro Go Puck, Adelaide City Council, Citizen, TIO, Coates Hire, Toshiba and Fila.
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