|The World Solar Challenge Route|
Twenty-one entries from 10 countries started the biennial World Solar Challenge on Sunday, a 3,021-kilometer (1,876-mile) race for solar-powered vehicles from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south.
The race will last between four and five days. Favored vehicles include the new car from the Dutch Nuon Solar team (winners in 2003 and 2001); the Sky Ace Tiga from Japan; and Australia’s Aurora entry.
The University of Michigan’s Momentum, winner of this year’s North American Solar Challenge (earlier post) is also competing in the WSC.
The cars, traveling only from 8 am to 5 pm daily, are expected to reach Adelaide late Wednesday or early Thursday. Nuon holds the record of 32 hours, 39 minutes of total race time.
A Greenfleet class (with 10 entries) of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles is also running the course. The Greenfleet winner is determined by overall fuel economy, not speed.
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