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Dutch team take Sasol Solar Challenge

Dutch team take Sasol Solar Challenge

Oct 6, 2014

The Netherlands came out tops in the biannual Sasol Solar Challenge, pulling into Cape Town on Saturday afternoon after a long, long drive. Ten teams, including six local universities, two schools and teams from Cyprus, Turkey and the Netherlands participated.

Starting in Pretoria on 27 September and ending eight days later in Cape Town, the challengers’ route took them through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Colesberg, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Swellendam.

The Sasol Solar Challenge takes place on public roads with normal traffic and teams are required to is therefore essential that teams comply with all rules of the road and conditions imposed by the road traffic authorities.

Competitors traveled some of the most gruelling terrain in South Africa – over 5 000kms of looping and zigzagging from the north to the south of the country. The winner was determined by how much time was spent on the road covering kilometres, often driving loops to clock more kilometres.

Delft University’s Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands covered the most mileage, at almost 6 000km, earning them top spot.  The first local team across the finish line was the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

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