The Sasol Solar Challenge is a competition for teams to design, manage, build and drive solar-powered vehicles across South Africa.
The eight-day event sees local and international solar-powered cars travel as far as they can on various roads and loops between Pretoria and Cape Town.
This year, teams travelled distances of over 4000 km. The 2016 event from 24 September to 1 October 2016 traversed some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, from desert and savannah to mountains and coastal forest. International teams are attracted to the challenge of competing in an event which covers 2000km in varying road conditions, and drops nearly 2000m in altitude.
The Sasol Solar Challenge initiative is intended to encourage young people to achieve success in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It helps educates young people in the principles of science, technology, engineering, innovation, teamwork and business; and promotes collaboration between students, industry and government. Students get an opportunity to practically apply the science and technology theory they’ve learnt at school or university, and South African students get a chance to test their engineering skills against some of the best solar car teams in the world.
Some of the top teams in the world participated in the 2016 event, including several South African Teams. Read more about them below, and see the full results on our notification board.