Sasol Solar Challenge

Here is a preliminary list of the 13 teams registered for the SASOL Solar Challenge in South Africa, which has unfortunately been postponded to 2021 because of COVID-19. Registration is still open.

For more information, check out the race regulations or follow the official race social media at        (click on the icons).

BE  Agoria Solar Team (KU Leuven) 

Asymmetric challenger (BluePoint) – this Belgian team is now sponsored by Agoria. They won the 2019 World Solar Challenge. Given the overlap with WSC 2021, I am not sure if they will still compete in South Africa.

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; and came 6th at iESC 18. Their team number (8) is a long-standing tradition.

 
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JP  Tokai University 

Monohull challenger (Tokai Challenger) – given the overlap with WSC 2021, I am not sure if they will still compete.

Previously, Tokai came 2nd at WSC 13; came 3rd at WSC 15; came 4th at WSC 17; came 2nd at WSC 19; came 7th at Abu Dhabi 15; came 2nd at SASOL 16; and came 2nd at SASOL 18.

 
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MA  Mines Rabat Solar Team 

Asymmetric challenger (new car: Eleadora 2) – they have worked hard to complete this car.

Previously, Mines Rabat participated at MSRC 19.

 
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TR  Dokuz Eylül University (Solaris) 

Asymmetric challenger (S10) – they believe the new car to be 44% more efficient than the 2015 model. Given the overlap with WSC 2021, I am not sure if they will still compete.

Previously, Solaris participated in the WSC 13 Adventure class; came 25th at WSC 15; came 22nd at WSC 19; came 9th at iESC 16; came 2nd at Albi Eco 18; and came 2nd at MSRC 19.

 
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SA  Alfaisal Solar Car Team 

Classic symmetric challenger (Areej 1) – they originally registered for ASC 2018 and WSC 2019, but withdrew from those events. Their car name is a pun: AREG/Areej is an acronym for Alfaisal Renewable Energy Group but also means “the scent of a flowery garden” in Arabic.

 
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ZA  Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) 

Challenger (new car: Sun Chaser 4) – they hope to make their new car 25% more aerodynamic and 20 kg lighter than Sun Chaser 3. They discuss their 2018 race optimisation approach in this paper.

Previously, TUT came 6th at SASOL 16 and came 4th at SASOL 18.


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ZA  North West University 

Challenger (Naledi II) – they are looking to reclaim the “best South African team” title, which they lost to TUT in 2018, by heavily modifying their original Naledi.

Previously, NWU came 11th at WSC 15; participated at WSC 17; came 4th at SASOL 14; came 4th at SASOL 16; and came 5th at SASOL 18.


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ZA  Central University of Technology (Seilatsatsi) 

Challenger (new car: Ntsu) – they appear to be building a new car.

Previously, Seilatsatsi  came 7th at SASOL 18.


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ZA  Cape Peninsula University of Technology 

Challenger – I am not sure exactly what their plans are.

Previously, CPUT came 8th at SASOL 18.


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ZA  University of Johannesburg Solar Car 

Challenger – UJ are returning, after skipping SASOL 2018. I am not sure if they have a new car.

Previously, UJ came 5th at SASOL 14 and came 9th at SASOL 16.


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ZA  University of the Free State

Challenger (new team with car: Lengau) – their car name is the Sesotho word for a cheetah.


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ZA  University of Cape Town 

Challenger – this team is a late entry.

Previously, CT participated at SASOL 14.


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ZA  SolarFlair

Challenger (new team with car: SolarFlair SP 400) – this team is from Mbombela in Mpumalanga province.


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This page last updated 09:59 on 1 May 2020 AEST.