World Solar Challenge: Solar-powered cars begin race across Australian outback
vehicles in the 2013 World Solar Challenge rolled out of Darwin, Australia Sunday, in a bid to become the first to reach Adelaide just over 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) away. The race is expected to end Thursday.
Each day, drivers inside solar-powered cars will drive south as far as they can go until 5pm, at which point they pull over and camp for the night.
The course takes drivers along the Stuart Highway through the harsh conditions of the country’s outback (plenty of sun, though) past Alice Springs to Port Augusta and then onto Adelaide in South Australia.
Thirty-eight teams from more than twenty countries are competing in this year’s challenge, with budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions.