Japanese car wins World Solar Challenge in Australia (w/ Video)

Oct 28, 2009
Tokai Challenger

A Japanese sun-powered car won the World Solar Challenge on Wednesday after averaging speeds of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour in a four-day race through Australia's desert Outback.

Organisers said the Tokai Challenger crossed the finish line in Adelaide, South Australia, at 3:39 pm local time, after 29 hours and 49 minutes' racing following Sunday's departure from the northern city of Darwin.

The futuristic Tokai put in a near-flawless run with only one flat tyre on the 3,000 kilometre race. Its nearest rivals were more than two hours behind and were due to battle it out for second place on Thursday.

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The team, from Tokai University, averaged 100.54 kilometres per hour to snap a four-race winning streak by the Netherlands' Nuon outfit. It is the first Japanese victory since Dream II in 1993.

The Infinium, from the University of Michigan, is in third place in Australia.

The World Solar Challenge, aimed at promoting environmentally friendly , started in 1987 and runs every two years.

More information: globalgreenchallenge.com.au/

(c) 2009 AFP

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VOR
5 / 5 (1) Oct 28, 2009
I think we should call them solar-powered tricycles. (given thier ultra-light weight etc)
david_42
not rated yet Oct 28, 2009
Terminology hardly matters, as these vehicles are showcases for technology. It's nice to have them around as references for people who are unable to understand the limitations of solar.

Pity the source website is so badly design it's nearly impossible to find any of the details on the cars.

A little research shows that the winner had the highest efficiency cells available, which makes sense.