The 20th anniversary World Solar Challenge begins in Darwin this week, with 61 teams from 20 countries in beetle-like solar cars taking to the outback on the Stuart Highway.
On the 3000-kilometre slog to Adelaide, they will encounter road trains, dangerous winds and blazing temperatures, with cabins expected to exceed 50 degrees in the Red Centre. The first car is expected in town in about 30 hours.When I was in University in the US, the mechanical engineers made a solar car that was raced in this race. We civil engineers made a concrete canoe who we raced against other sad civil engineers. Solar Cars sound much more sexy. Not sure I would want to be driving in these conditions however. For all the lack of water here, at least we can count on hot weather and some sun.