Last checks and tests ahead of big solar sprint
Dozens of solar-powered car crews have been pushing themselves to the limit ahead of the World Solar Challenge.
The World Solar Challenge is a biennial race from Darwin to Adelaide, which puts the world’s best solar technology to a rigorous, real-world test.
They certainly stand out on roads normally dominated by Land Cruisers and road-trains.
The race has two classes - the challenger class, in which a single-person car aims to finish the 3,000 kilometre course in the shortest time, and for the second year running - the cruiser class.
Cruiser class cars are closer to the sun-powered cars of tomorrow, as they must carry two occupants in a test designed to more closely resemble real-world driving.
Team Bochum – students at an elite German technical university - came second in the 2013 cruiser race.
They say they hope their car - SunRiser – will do better this time.
“For every challenge we're going to build a new car,” driver Raphael Schniewind said.
“I think we are well prepared for the race.”
While the Germans’ design has a top speed of about 140 kilometres per hour, it lacks a lot of comforting amenities.
There is no air conditioning or any other fanciness inside, as all the power is saved for the engine.
The race to Adelaide begins on October 17.