To keep it exciting and give all teams equal opportunity to win the race, the Sasol Solar Challenge route is never the same twice. This year’s challenge starts on 24 September in Pretoria and draws to a close 8 days later in Cape Town, taking teams through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Gariep Dam, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Sedgefield and Swellendam along the way.
It is expected that the top teams will reach a total of 6000km, covering at least 700km a day on average, as the framework of this year’s event makes it possible for teams to set new records in distance, energy consumption and strategic planning.
- The main route is approximately 2000km through the country, approximately 260km per day.
- Teams will have the option to expand their daily distance, by driving loops* varying from 23km up to 74km.
- It is expected that the top teams will reach a total of 6000km, covering at least 700km a day on average.
The Sasol Solar Challenge, South Africa, occurs on public roads with normal traffic. It is therefore essential that teams comply with the road rules and any conditions imposed by the road traffic authorities.
*Loops can be driven more than once and have to be completed entirely in order to count. Towns that are included by these loops are Sasolburg, Deneysville, Winburg, Theunissen, Edenburg, Reddersburg, Jansenville, Klipplaat, Humansdorp, Mossel Bay, Caledon and Genadendal.