Wednesday 22 March 2023

Dutch students take first and second place in solar car power race across Australia

Nuna 8 in AustraliaA team of Delft University students have won the World Solar Challenge solar car race across Australia for the sixth time.

The Nuna 8 car crossed the finishing line in Adelaide at 10.30 local time after a 3,000 kilometre race across Australia from Darwin. In total, 42 cars from 25 countries took part.

The Red One solar car, built by students at Twente University, had been in the lead for three days but was passed by the Nuna 8 towards the end of the penultimate day.

According to Australian broadcaster ABC, cloud cover on the final day caused some anxiety about how much power each team would have.

The third Dutch team, from Eindhoven University, is taking part in a different class which is not just about speed. Their family Stella Lux car was in second place.

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