Welcome to the Sasol Solar Challenge


The Sasol Solar Challenge notes with concern the global COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of all participants is our very highest priority. Organisers are monitoring the situation. The 2020 event has been postponed to 21 – 25 February 2021. Any changes will be communicated with teams, partners and spectators.


In February 2021, South Africa will host more than 10 teams of promising young engineers from SA and around the world as they take on the Sasol Solar Challenge.

Now in its 11th year, teams take on the challenge to develop, build and drive solar-powered cars, with the ultimate goal of covering the most distance without using a drop of fuel. It alternates with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and has hosted some of the world’s leading teams as they test their vehicles ahead of the global event.

This year, the Sasol Solar Challenge takes on a unique format due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Teams will take to the Red Star Raceway near Delmas, Pretoria, and compete on the racetrack for five action-packed days.

These competitive cars are about more than just solar energy and stacking up kilometeres.

They have to be lightweight, aerodynamic, efficient and safe, and as a result, solar cars have become test beds for technology development the world over. Leading energy, engineering, aerodynamics and battery companies sponsor solar teams to research and develop cutting edge systems.

The 2021 track format, designed to keep participants and spectators safe during the global pandemic, will bring teams from around the world together to test the boundaries of their technologies, as well as their personal endurance and resilience, on the track. This competitive environment will bring viewers even closer to the action, whether at home or in the stands.

Join us online from 21 – 25 February 2021 for livestreams of all the action, and check back regularly for spectator opportunities, which will be announced closer to the time, pending Covid-19 regulations.



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