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. Some teams will travel distances of over 4000km. The 2016 event from 24 September to 1 October 2016 traverses 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 are scheduled to participate in the 2016 event. These include Delft University from the Netherlands, Tokai from Japan and Anadolu from Turkey. The Northern Cyprus team is a fairly new competitor internationally, and joins the Sasol Solar Challenge for the second time. GAMF Hungary and Polish team Lodz will be competing here for the first time. They go up against four South African universities, eager to test their engineering skills against some of the best solar car teams in the world.
The student teams are joined by two private teams from SA, as well as two inspiring high school teams who have built on SA university vehicles from past races.