Here is a list of 9 teams from 3 countries (8 Challenger teams and 1 Cruiser team) intending to race in the Sasol Solar Challenge in September this year, with scrutineering beginning on the 4th (Alfaisal Solar Car Team, SunShuttle, and high school team Sonke seem to have dropped off the list). See also the race social media at
3 Brunel Solar Team (Delft)
Three-wheel (outrigger) challenger (Nuna11s) – their latest car features an asymmetrical top surface (to create more downforce on the left wheel). As usual, they have modified the car for the South African race, to give an “s” version. This includes building a more powerful motor and returning to having a lithium ion battery (which brings the car down to just 130 kg). The team has already flown out, and can be followed at brunelsolarteam.com/race.
Previously, Delft won WSC 13; won WSC 15; won WSC 17; came 12th at WSC 19; won SASOL 14; won SASOL 16; won SASOL 18; and came 3rd at SCM 21. Their team number (3) is a long-standing tradition.
4 Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Challenger (new car: Sun Chaser 4) – they won a preliminary race in Mpumalanga against NWU and Genuine JV. See this website for video explanations of the technologies behind the car.
Previously, TUT came 6th at SASOL 16; came 4th at SASOL 18; and won Ilanga Cup 22.
8 Agoria Solar Team / KU Leuven
Three-wheel (tadpole) challenger (BluePoint Atlas) – they are racing their record-breaking monohull here, and their older BluePoint in Belgium. Their car has a unique fin to take advantage of cross-winds. They are already in South Africa. During the race, they can be tracked at live.solarteam.be.
Previously, Agoria came 6th at WSC 13; came 5th at WSC 15; came 3rd at WSC 17; won WSC 19; came 3rd at Abu Dhabi 15; came 2nd at iESC 16; came 6th at iESC 18; came 1st and 6th at iESC 20; won iESC 21; won Carrera Solar Atacama 18; and came 2nd at SCM 21. Their team number (8) is a long-standing tradition.
Left: Anthony Dekker / Right: credit (click images to zoom)
10 North West University
Challenger (Naledi 2.0) – they are looking to reclaim the “best South African team” title, which they lost to TUT in 2018, by heavily modifying their original Naledi. So far the car looks good.
Previously, NWU came 11th at WSC 15; participated at WSC 17; came 4th at SASOL 14; came 4th at SASOL 16; came 5th at SASOL 18; and came 2nd at Ilanga Cup 22.
22 Central University of Technology (Seilatsatsi)
Challenger (new car: Ntsu) – they have built a new car. Some of its components have been 3D-printed. Their car name is the Sesotho word for an eagle.
Previously, Seilatsatsi came 7th at SASOL 18.
60 Genuine JV Solar Car Team
Asymmetric challenger (new team with car: Voltwagen) – this is a new team, from Hoër Tegnologiese Skool John Vorster in Pretoria. Their car is the old car from Tshwane University of Technology, with improvements. Read about them in Afrikaans here.
Previously, JV came 3rd at Ilanga Cup 22.
University of the Free State
Challenger (new team with car: Lengau) – this team is led by the Departments of Physics and Engineering Sciences at UFS. Their car name is the Sesotho word for a cheetah.
Challenger (new team with car: SolarFlair SP 400) – this team is from Mbombela in Mpumalanga province. They were a no-show in the Ilanga Cup.
UniChamps Solar Car Team (University of South Africa)
Cruiser (new team with car: UniSolar) – they say “The car design was inspired by both the Lamborghini Countach LP500 and DeLorean DMC.” They were a no-show in the Ilanga Cup.
This page last updated 13:42 on 11 September 2022 AEST.
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