The World Solar Challenge has began with 42 solar cars, including two from Siam Technology College (STC), crossing Australia from its north to its southern shores, an incredible 3,000 kilometres!
With the cars expecting to drive at speeds of 90-100km/hour, its assumed the race will take about a week in duration.
Teams come from countries including Thailand, United States, Japan, Germany, Chile, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.
The two cars entered by STC this year are running for the prizes of: ‘the most efficient car’ and ‘the car of the future’.
2009 saw the fastest solar powered car in the race, which was achieved by the Japan Tokai University, completing the race in a mere 29 hours and 49 minutes.
To see the great car designs and a short clip about the event, click here.