Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, or BWSC, is the world's most well-known solar-powered car race. A biennial road race covering 3021 kilometers through the Australian Outback, from Darwin in the North to Adelaide in the South of Australia. The race was created to foster the development of experimental, solar-powered vehicles.
The next edition of the race will start on Sunday the 13th of October 2019.
You can follow our journey on several different platforms:
You can expect the most frequent updates on the Facebook/Instagram Story and Twitter.
From the middle of the Australian outback, we'll be airing a liveshow every day of the race! We're setting up a table, 4 camera's and even a satellite connection to bring you a 10-15 minute update about our journey through the outback. We'll talk about challenges & achievements of the day, but also leave some room for some fun team content.
The liveshows air daily at 8 PM (Belgian Time) on our Facebook page. The spoken language is Dutch and will not be subtitled.
During the race, we send out a daily newsletter to report on our progress & adventures of the raceday.
Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter: you can find the link at the bottom of this page.
Teams from around the world take part in the race, most of which come from universities. The race has a 32-year history with 13 editions taking place after the first one in 1987. The first solar car to ever win the race was the General Motor's Sunraycer, who drove an average speed of 66.9 km/h.
General Motor's Sunraycer, the first solar car to ever win the BWSC.
Since 2013, the race has two classes: one of which the "Challenger Class". Challengers are one-seated solar vehicles, built for efficiency. They do not carry anything that does not directly contribute to the speed and efficiency of the solar car, for example airconditioning for the pilot. The second class is the "Cruiser Class", where practically usable and ideally road-legal, multi-seater solar vehicles are built. Both classes have a different set of rules, to ensure a safe and fair race. It is in the first class, the Challenger Class, that the Agoria Solar Team has been taking part for over 15 years.
|Solar car in the "Challenger Class"||Solar car in the "Cruiser Class"|
In the 2019 edition, 52 teams from all over the world will be driving from Darwin to Adelaide. Among these teams are many of the world's biggest and most prestigious universities, such as TU Delft, Stanford, MIT, ...
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