SA records at solar race

2010-10-04 13:38
The Japanese solar vehicle leaves the Stellenbosch checkpoint. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The Japanese solar vehicle leaves the Stellenbosch checkpoint. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Several South African race records were set during the SA Solar Challenge, organisers announced at the finish in Pretoria on Saturday.

The race which began Pretoria, headed to Cape Town and finished in Pretoria was designed to promote engineering and alternative energy vehicles, but organisers bemoaned the lack of South African entries in the biennial event
 
The world champion solar car Tokai Challenger from Japan, competing in the Challenge Class, travelled 4 061km - the furthest distance on solar power in a single South African event. It also travelled the furthest distance on solar in a single day, clocking up 565.3km.

This vehicle was without equal in the race and was built with a budget of around $3m.

Part of the reason for the lack of South African entries may lie in the cost to participate.

Furthest distance

"Teams pay their own bills, and it costs about R80 000 for an entry level car, plus another R20 000 to R40 000 for support vehicle. Avis has come to the party in a big way this year, but we need more sponsors to get on board," race director Winstone Jordaan told News24.

Pretoria entry Star Track covered the furthest distance for a South African entry on solar in a single event (728.3km) and a new day record for distance covered on solar (125.5km) by a South African vehicle.

In the Technology Class (petrol/hydrogen fuel cell hybrids), the University of Johannesburg's Bar-1 hybrid vehicle travelled the furthest distance in a single South African event, with 1 845.4km, and the furthest distance in a day (472.3km).

This was the only South African university entry and the vehicle was built in just under six months.

"We're capable (of building a vehicle like the Japanese), but they've got a budget of €2m, whereas our budget was R300 000. Vodacom has sponsored our communications, and we have to start somewhere," project manager Marco Fürruter told News24.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter

- News24
Read more on:    solar power
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Oscar Pistorius
 

6 impressive camping tips

Check out these great tips that will make your camping experience so much better!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Free outdoor yoga classes
Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding
Action camera for all occasions
Tips on how to set your fitness goals

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Counter Sales Consultant

Western Cape
Express Employment Services - Cape Town
R8 000 - R8 300 Per Year

Microsoft SharePoint Administrator

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R20 000 - R25 000 Per Month

Senior Spa Therapist

Cape Winelands
Vine Recruitment
R7 000 - R7 001 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.