Nuna5, the solar-powered car built by students at Delft University of Technology, finished this year’s World Solar Challenge race across Australia in second place.
The Delft team won the 3,010 km race for the past four years, but was beaten by a Japanese team in the Tokai Challenger this year.
‘A crash before the race started meant we were ready at the last moment,’ a spokeswoman for the team told the Telegraaf. ‘We did not have enough time for all the last tests… so second place is a performance we are very pleased with.’
The second Dutch car, from Twente University and Saxion hbo college, is expected to cross the finishing line on Friday. It was involved in a crash earlier in the week.
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