This year’s Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa is calling on solar car teams to sign up before May 1. The event will take place from September 24 to October 1 this year. Unlike the World Solar Challenge in Australia, it is a distance-based race, with a main course of about 2,000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town, and the possibility of driving additional loops up to 4,000 km or more. All the World Solar Challenge classes are permitted, plus the FIA Olympia class. Confirmed teams so far include:
Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands)
Nuon won the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge and the 2015 World Solar Challenge. They are the clear favourites for this year’s event.
North-West University (South Africa)
NWU came 11th in the the 2015 World Solar Challenge, ahead of South African rivals UKZN. They should do well on home turf this year.
A number of other local and international teams have also expressed interest.
Further updates here.