In near-perfect weather, competitors in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge covered more than 680 kilometres on the second day of the race on roads between Kroonstad and Bloemfontein.
“Today we saw for the first time how intensely competitive these teams really are. The top three teams are neck and neck – within only metres of each other’s tally – on what is only the second day of the event,” says Sasol Solar Challenge director, Winstone Jordaan.
There were two extra cars on the road during the second day, with the University of Johannesburg and Near-East University from Northern Cyprus hitting the road for the first time. Due to scrutineering standards, the Turkish Anadolu team will unfortunately have to present their car for re-inspection today.
Dutch team Nuon caught a curb in the control stop area at low speeds with their car, Nuna 8s. The damage will need to be repaired in order to restore aerodynamic integrity.
During today’s leg of the challenge, the 11 teams travel from Bloemfontein’s Maselspoort Resort via Edenburg to Gariep Dam.
Challenger class:
1. Nuon and Tokai solar teams tied at 685.7 km
2. GAMF, MegaLux: 611.9 km
3. North-West University: 611.0 RECORD BROKEN (NWU 2016: 560 km)
4. Tshwane University of Technology: 301.9 km
5. Near East University: 301.5 km
6. Maragon Olympus: 190.4 km
7. University of Johannesburg: 70 km
Cruiser class:
Lodz Solar Car: 464.3 km
Sustainability class:
ZingBug: 93 km