Sasol Solar Challenge
The Sasol Solar Challenge takes place from 9 to 16 September in South Africa. It is the first time that we take part in this unique challenge. Student teams are challenged to cover as much distance as possible in 8 days on solar energy, which is the longest race we've participated in so far. This ensures both reliability and strategy will play a very important role.
Loops & driving the most kilometers
It is one of the most strategically challenging races in the solar car world, because of its unique concept: instead of driving a fixed distance as fast as possible, the goal is to drive the most kilometers in eight days.
Each race day is called a Stage. Teams have to start the race day in one city and end in another; along the route, the teams can choose to add extra kilometers by driving loops. There is one catch: the teams have to make it to the finish line of that day before 5 PM, otherwise they lose points.
The Sasol Solar Challenge also has two special Stages: Blind Stages and Marathon Stages.
During the Blind Stage days, the teams don't know the route they'll be driving until a few hours before departure, forcing the teams to strategize on the go. As for the Marathon Stage, the cars will be tested for reliability as only a limited number of team members will be able to prepare the car for the day ahead in the evening.
With so many new challenges, this race puts a lot of pressure on our strategists' shoulders. We will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge for the very first time in September 2022 - and we're aiming for another first place title!
Where to follow?
The solar car can be followed live during the race via our webtracker!
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More information about the challenge can be found on the organizer's website.