3,000 Kilometer Solar Race Begins in Australia

One of the most punishing races for solar-powered cars has started today in northern Australia.  The World Solar Challenge is a 3,000 kilometer trek through the Australia’s arid heart, from Darwin to Adelaide.  Thirty-nine cars made the finals, including teams from the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The race through Australia’s central desert brings together the world’s most efficient prototype solar cars.  The competition is, in effect, a giant research project to test …

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