The World Solar Challenge started last week with 42 solar vehicles crossing tropical north of Australia to its shores in south, a grueling 3,000 Km (almost 1,864 miles) race via the outback.
The race to the southern city of Adelaide from the northern city of Darwin is anticipated to take a week for many cars, with paces of 90–100 Kmh (almost 55–62 mph) fueled by the sun only. The fastest time was accomplished in 2009by Tokai University of Japan, concluding the transcontinental race in just 29 Hours & 49 Minutes.
Punch Powertrain, the Belgian team, began first last week after posting for 2.97 Km (almost 1.78 Miles) a trial time of 2:03.8, striking a standard speed of 83.4 Kmh (almost 51.5mph). But Nuon, the controlling 2015 champions in the Netherlands from Delft University of Technology, thinks it has a fine opportunity of getting the prize.
“All the vehicles look fully different this time, and all we know is we have got a fine car, we have got it operating absolutely for the last few days and we are sure that to win we are going to do everything,” Sarah Benninkbolt, the tour manager, claimed to the media in an interview.
Chris Selwood, the race director, claimed that biennial event has fascinated among the best fields ever, with groups from over 40 nations. “This is the 30th centenary of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and contenders wish to be part of this. They have been attracted to the confront of new rules that lowered the size of solar array without restricting the size of the solar vehicle,” Selwood claimed to the media.
Teams arrive from nations comprising Japan, the United States, Chile, Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, Iran, Sweden, India, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Turkey, Australia, and Taiwan.
Lauren Moss, the Minister for Tourism and Culture for the Northern Territory, said that A$250,000 (almost US$194,150) sponsorship of the race from her government displayed that it was pledged to gaining 50% renewable power by 2030 for the territory, as per the sources related to the matter.