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 19 – 26 February 2021. Any changes will be communicated with teams, partners and spectators.


More than a dozen teams of promising young engineers from around the world will take to South African highways, byways and back routes in a contest to cover the most distance without using a drop of fuel.

The Sasol Solar Challenge is renowned for being uniquely challenging due to the varying weather conditions and a total altitude drop of nearly 2 000 m, putting the often newly launched technology inside solar cars to the ultimate test.

Competitive solar cars are not only powered by the sun. They have to be lightweight, aerodynamic, efficient, and safe – and have become testbeds for new technologies the world over.

The new 2021 route will bring more than a dozen cars from around the world – including new and experienced South African teams - to 15 towns.

Find out where you can watch the well-rehearsed pit stops, see the solar-panelled blacktop cars, and enjoy the events surrounding the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge, by visiting our Spectator page.



2021 February Countdown To Sasol
Solar Challenge