Driving Tourism and Innovation: World’s Biggest Solar Challenge

Dozens of solar cars have started their 3,000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide as part of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

This year’s challenge has attracted 45 teams from 22 countries with around 2,000 people including team members, officials and volunteers based in Darwin over the past month preparing for the race.

Held biannually since 1987, the 2019 race started from State Square, Parliament House on Sunday, 13 October. 

The solar cars will travel through the centre of Australia along the Stuart Highway and Highway 1, before the official finish in Adelaide on Sunday, 20 October with an awards ceremony.

Teams will check in at control stops along the race route including Katherine, Daly Waters, Tennant Creek, Barrow Creek, Alice Springs, Kulgera, Coober Pedy, Glendambo and Port Augusta.

In the week preceding the event, teams had to pass a series of practical safety and compliance tests to qualify for the start line.

This year there are three different vehicle classes including ‘Challenger’, ‘Cruiser’ and ‘Adventure’, with all teams striving to deliver the world’s most efficient solar electric car.

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Event Director Chris Selwood AM said it was great to see so many teams competing and collaborating to deliver a more sustainable way to travel.

“We wish all participants a safe journey as they chase the sun to Adelaide on this 3,000km, extreme endurance adventure – a once in a lifetime journey,” he said.

For more information about the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, visit www.worldsolarchallenge.org.