The Veolia World Solar Challenge in Australia came to an end on when Tokai University’s Tokai Challenger crossed the finish line in Adelaide. Despite a number of unexpected setbacks, the former champions claimed their second consecutive title.
The World Solar Challenge is a solar car race held in Australia, with teams racing solar cars from northern Darwin to southern Adelaide – about 1800 miles on public roads. This year, 37 teams from around the world participated, including former champions from the Delft University of Technology and the University of Michigan.
It was a difficult race this year, with unexpectedly heavy highway traffic and arsonists setting bush fires dangerous enough to close down some of the streets. One team even had their car catch fire after the battery overheated.
The Japanese Tokai Challenger reached the finish line in Adelaide a little after 1:00 pm local time. After starting in 5th following qualifying results, it must have been a pretty sweet victory.