2 October 2005
Race Report BWSC 2005
The Umicar One was the first solar car made by the Belgian Solar Team. It took part in the 2005 World Solar Challenge and finished tenth out of the 22 participants competing in the Challenger class. Considering it was the first time our team ever competed in Australia, this was an impressive result.
The race regulations did not limit the amount of solar panels that could be placed on the car. Every possible inch was used to harvest solar energy, even the wheel covers.
The race started in Darwin, in the midst of busy traffic. Pictured below is the Belgian solar car crossing the starting line for the very first time - a historic moment for Belgian solar car racing.
After finishing their race of 3000 kilometers in merely five days, the team celebrated their achievement by jumping in the fountain at the finish line in Adelaide. This is now a tradition!