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 2021 event has been deferred to 2022. Any changes will be communicated with teams, partners and spectators.


In 2022, South Africa will host more than a dozen professional and amateur solar car teams from around the world as they take on the Sasol Solar Challenge.

Now in its stride to its 14th 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. Solar car teams typically partner with leading technology companies to test and develop cutting edge innovations during their participation at solar challenges.

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 have to be lightweight, aerodynamic, efficient, and safe - making them ideal testbeds for a variety of engineering sectors.

The 2022 event will bring more than a dozen cars from around the world - including new and experienced South African teams - to 15 towns.