Tuesday, October 18, 2011

World Solar Challenge: Oz solar cars blaze at speed of sunshine

The world solar challenge car race began on Sunday morning: as 37 teams drove out of Darwin at the start of a 3000 kilometre road trip across Australia. The biannual race sees solar-powered electric cars and vehicles traversing Australia's interior. As solar technologies and aerodynamics of the cars have advanced, race sponsors have adjusted how much solar the cars could have on them, their size and even how fast the cars can go - they now have to follow posted speed limits and incur time penalties when caught over the limit. This year student-led teams from twenty countries, including the Philippines, Chile, Turkey, Iran and Malaysia were taking part. The journey takes about five days and requires a large degree of self sufficiency.

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