The South African Solar Challenge 2010 is an ambitious, two-week race in solar-powered cars throughout South Africa from the 20th September to the 2nd October. Teams are to build their own cars, design their own engineering systems and race those same machines through the most demanding terrain that solar cars have ever seen.
The South Africa Solar Challenge promotes renewable energy technologies (specifically photo voltaic or “solar cells”), educational excellence in science, engineering and mathematics and creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a wide-range of disciplines.
The challenge is also a hands-on experience for students and engineers to develop and demonstrate their technical and creative abilities.
Yes Solar were lucky to catch up with the Japanese team in Jeffrey’s Bay on the 29th of September. We were astonished by the speed of this little car and were told that it reached a top speed of 171km/h at one stage during the challenge. They however stay within the speed limit as this is one of the rules of the race.
The race end in Pretoria at the Innovation HUB (Arriving from 10am to 5pm)