The Sasol Solar Challenge is a competition designed for participating teams to design, manage, build and drive solar-powered vehicles across South Africa.

The Sasol Solar Challenge is an eight-day event in which local and international Solar Car Teams travel as far as they can on various roads between Pretoria and Cape Town. Some teams will travel distances of over 4000km. The iconic route traverses some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, from desert and savannah to mountains and coastal forest

The Sasol Solar Challenge route changes every year. Some aspects remain the same such as the Start line in Johannesburg and the Finish line in Cape Town. The official route will be released soon with all the information of the towns that will be passed through as well as the road sections that will be used during the event.

The Sasol Solar Challenge takes place on public roads with standard traffic. It is therefore essential that teams comply with the road rules and any conditions imposed by the local road traffic authorities. The route contains some steep mountain pass climbs and teams must plan strategies to conserve battery power.

The Challenge has been running since 2008 and takes place biannually (every second year). 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Sasol Solar Challenge and the 6th event roll-out.

2008 – Tokai University (Japan)

2010 – Tokai University (Japan)

2012 – Tokai University (Japan) and North West University (South Africa)

2014 – Delft University (Netherlands) 2016 – Delft University (Netherlands)

2018 – Delft University (Netherlands)

Sasol is the title sponsor of the Sasol Solar Challenge, which is supported by several other partners and sponsors in technology, transport, equipment and funding. Please see the Partners page for more information.

Anyone can volunteer their services at the Sasol Solar Challenge. More details will be confirmed closer to the time of the event.

Sasol sponsors the Solar Challenge to demonstrate its commitment to STEM education and the development of skills among South African youth. The intention is to inspire young people to seek careers in STEM related fields. With opportunities for the public to interact with the vehicles en-route, the Sasol Solar Challenge serves as a platform to inspire learners to consider careers in science and engineering. The Solar Challenge is a practical and engaging application of maths, science and technology which exposes learners and students to the challenges and excitement of engineering. It creates a space for the future engineers of South Africa to develop their skills.

In addition to raising the profile of solar technology as a renewable resource and promoting the importance of STEM subjects in school, the Sasol Solar Challenge has also provided a platform for the Jumping Kids charity to promote the excellent work that it does in assisting young amputees. Jumping Kids engages with child amputees en-route and identifies suitable candidates for prosthesis fitment.