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RACING TOWARDS THE EMPIRE OF THE SUN
September 21, 2014  
The Sasol Solar Challenge South Africa 2014 is the South African leg of the international event that has been eclipsing the world of motorsports and science. Universities from around the world design and build solar powered cars which they race against one another.



RACING TOWARDS THE EMPIRE OF THE SUN

 

 

 

 

 

The Sasol Solar Challenge South Africa 2014 is the South African leg of the international event that has been eclipsing the world of motorsports and science. Universities from around the world design and build solar powered cars which they race against one another. This year the event is hosting eight domestic teams as well as three international teams, including the current world Champions: Nuna (Delft University, Netherlands).

The SASOL Solar Challenge 2014 is starting on the 27th of September and ending the 4th of October. A 2000 km long route to be completed over 8 day stages, approximately 250 km to complete every day, with an optional loop for each day to add as much distance as possible.  The loops are from 50km to over 100km each and you can drive it as many times as you want.  The result is a distance race instead of a speed race; so the team who covers the most distance in the 8 days and manage to complete all stages, wins.  The route contains some steep hill climbs like mountain passes. We anticipate that some teams may want to drive between 500km and 700km per day, completing about 6000km over the entire race.

Our eco-efficiency challenge allows teams from around the world to come together in South Africa to participate and demonstrate the sophistication and performance of solar-powered vehicles. The Purpose of the event is to promote research into sustainable transport, showcase technologies and present a platform for participants and the public to engage. Organising the Sasol Solar Challenge will result in multiple spin-offs. Firstly, it will give South Africa a platform where we can exercise the skills in building cars locally. This in turn will result in an increased level of knowledge in the industry about electric motors, battery systems, vehicle aerodynamics and more. Secondly, solar cars will show the public what solar panels can do.

It is our objective to take the event to the next level in order to greatly enlarge the international participant component.  We would like solar teams from all over the globe to embrace not only our technical challenge but also the amazing experience of our country.  

Competing Vehicle Classes
The Sasol Solar Challenge operates under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Motorsport South Africa. The race has four different classes. These classes include the Olympia Class, the Adventure Class, the Cruiser Class and the Sustainability Fleet.

•    Olympia Class: the Olympia class is the primary FIA class and the main competitive class for solar-electric vehicles. These cars have to be four wheelers and are not allowed to recharge via plug-in. This car is designed primarily for efficiency rather than for comfort or practicality. The winner of this class is the solar car that covered the most distance during the race.

•    Adventure Class: the Adventure Class is reserved for any other solar-electric vehicles that have been allowed in any previous international solar challenges or other major events, but do not necessarily conform to the Olympia Class regulation. Again, no plug-in recharging is allowed. The winner of this class is the solar car that covered the most distance during the race.

•    FIA Category IIIA: Commercial Electric vehicles, this section of the event, will be the first time that we run a 100% EV Regularity Rally in South Africa.  

Places you can see the cars

Date

Activity

Address

City

GPS

GPS

Time

2014-09-25

Static Scruteneering

Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria

Pretoria

 

 

8:00am-5:00pm

2014-09-26

Dynamic Scruteneering

Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria

Pretoria

 

 

8:00am-4:00pm

2014-09-27

Day Start

CSIR, Meiring Naude Str

Pretoria

-25.748296

28.275994

6:30am-8:00am

2014-09-27

End of Day Stage

Rooiskool, Du Toit Str

Kroonstad

-27.638581

27.232467

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-09-28

End of Day Stage

Kopano Nokeng Country Lodge

Bloemfontein

-29.097625

26.329664

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-09-30

End of Day Stage

Volkskool, Plasket Str

Graaff-Reinet

-32.255751

24.52511

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-10-01

End of Day Stage

Kings Beach, Beach Rd

Port Elizabeth

-33.972267

25.643225

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-10-02

End of Day Stage

Loeriepark, George Rex Dr

Knysna

-34.047685

23.069227

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-10-03

End of Day Stage

Show Grounds, Cooper Str

Swellendam

-34.027399

20.442072

3:00pm-6:30pm

2014-10-04

End of Race

UCT, Rhodes Dr

Cape Town

-33.958006

18.462595

2:00pm-5:30pm


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The Sasol Solar Challenge South Africa 2014 will see teams travel through some of the most scenic areas South Africa has to offer

 

 

 

 

 

The Teams

 

 

 

Anadolu University
 

Team: Anadolu Solar Team

Car: The Sunatolia II

Country: Turkey     

Class: Olympia
 

 

 

Delft University of Technology

Team: Nuon Solar Team
Car: Nuna7S
Country: The Netherlands
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

 

Deutsche Schule Johannesburg
    
Team: DSJ Solar Car
Car: SonnenbrandIII
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

Maragon Private School Olympus

Team: Solar Eagles
Car: Solar Eagle
Country: South Africa
Class:  Olympia
 

 

 

 

Near East University

Team: Near East University
Car: Ra25
Country: Cyprus
Class: Adventure
 

 

 

North West University

Team: NWU Solar Car Team
Car: SiriusX25
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

 

Tshwane University of Technology

Team: TUT
Car: Sun Chaser
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

University of Cape Town

Team: University of Cape Town
Car: Ubuntu
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

 

University of Johannesburg

Team: UJ Solar team
Car: ilanga II
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

University of Kwazulu-Natal

Team: Team UKZN
Car: IKlwa
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

 

WITS University

Team: WITS Solar Car Team
Car: WITS SOLARII
Country: South Africa
Class: Olympia
 

 

 

For more information, be sure to visit our website http://www.solarchallenge.org.za/

 

 

 


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