Flying Dutch win world solar auto race in Australia

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

The race starts in the northern city of Darwin and ends in the southern city of Adelaide, with cars typically reaching speeds of 90 kph to 100 kph (55 miles per hour to 62 mph).

Nuon team's Nuna 9 vehicle has taken victory in the race from Darwin to Adelaide for solar-powered cars.

The University of MI crossed the line second about an hour behind the Dutch with Belgium team Punch Powertrain close behind in third.

The World Solar Challenge is one of the world's leading races for solar cars and the 2017 event marked the 30th year since the first race in 1987. When their team finished first in 2015, it took them 33.03 hours. The team's aerodynamics expert says that the drivers were directed to position the solar vehicle in a way that enabled it to benefit from the winds just like a sailing ship.

The Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, entering the lightest auto in the field, reached the finish line in 37 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds, according to race organisers.

There is also a Cruiser class which aims to showcase solar technology for mainstream vehicles that are more practical for day-to-day use.

The vehicles are powered by the sun and mostly developed by universities or corporations, with teams hailing from Australia and across the world including the United States, Malaysia, India and South Africa.

The crews drove between 8am and 5pm each day with seven checkpoints along a route cutting through the heart of Australia's central desert region, to get updates on their standings, the weather, and do basic maintenance.

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