In friendly competition with others attempting similar goals, the teams depart Darwin, Australia in October 2013. Only one team will win, and the goal is to arrive in Adelaide, a city some three thousand kilometers south.It's all about energy management! Based on the original notion that a 1000W car would complete the journey in 50 hours, solar cars are allowed a nominal five kilowatt hours of stored energy, which is ten percent of that theoretical figure. All other energy must come from the sun or be removed from the kinetic energy of the vehicle, using techniques like regenerative braking systems.
The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science, engineering, and team building skills, as well as increase awareness of the need to become reliant on renewable energy sources. The Challenge teaches high school students across the country how to build roadworthy solar cars.The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their vehicles. On alternating years, we share the fun of the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or we drive cross-country to display the vehicles to people all over the nation.
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events first in the Americas, then Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency.
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