Solar cars are relatively new on the auto racing scene and yet, they’ve become very popular with people all over the world. In fact, there’s a Kickstarter page now for Great Britain’s automotive solar team. They’re raising funds to go to Darwin City, Australia and race in the 2017 World Solar Challenge.
This race seeks to highlight the importance of sustainable energy for the future. Trucks, cars, work vans and other vehicles are responsible for a huge amount of pollution all over the world. Automobiles heat up the outside temperature, but they also require gasoline to run their engines. Oil and gas are not sustainable. In fact, one day the planet earth will run out of crude oil completely. For those reasons, the world has been working in a joint effort towards discovering new, sustainable methods of powering our planet.
Solar powered cars have come a long way since the late 1990’s. They were once clunky and odd-looking but today’s innovative designs are sleek and beautiful. They run completely on the power of the sun. Though they will not, at this time, accommodate a whole family or group of workers, the hope is that this industry will become more profitable and car manufacturers will design cargo vans and SUVs in the future.
You Need Special Skills to Drive a Solar Car
Solar cars present unique problems for drivers. For instance, there are multiple gauges that must be monitored for problems. Newer models feature wireless telemetry. It’s important to keep a close eye on the car’s energy consumption, its ability to capture solar rays, the energy flow and other parameters. Drivers often have many different things to keep track of in addition to driving and steering the car. It can be difficult to concentrate solely on your driving.
For these and other reasons, solar powered auto races have caught on from Arizona to Adelaide Australia. This year’s race in Darwin City will feature racing teams from all over the world including:
- South Korea
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Many others
Dubbed the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the race begins in the Northern Territory of Darwin City and follows Stuart Highway to Port Augusta. It then continues on to Highway 1 and ends in South Australia in the city of Adelaide. The race covers 3000kms in total distance.
Time trials begin on October 7, 2017 and the race begins on October 8th. It is sure to be exciting this year, what with the many new and amazing designs that developers have come up with. Each car is a work of art and an incredible accomplishment in engineering.