A Dutch team has travelled almost 2,000 miles without petrol across the Australian outback in a futuristic solar-powered car to win the World Solar Challenge. The one-person car travelled from the top of Australia to the bottom in five days – driving between 8am and 5pm – with an average speed of more than 56 mph. It was powered only by the sun and finished at high speed despite it raining on the way to the finish line in the city of Adelaide.
“We predict every second of the race,” said a spokesman for the winning team, Nuon, from the Delft University of Technology.
“We know exactly what weather is going to be where, how much is going to be in our battery and how much energy we’re going to use with the speed we’re driving at. We actually calculated everything so that our battery would be fully empty finishing here and so that we could drive at the highest speed possible.” . . .