Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Running on Sunshine

Found "Running on Sunshine" at my local library - it's a behind-the-scenes documentary made during the 2003 World Solar Challenge.

It was interesting to see how things unfolded over the 5 day race from Darwin to Adelaide. It also reminded me that this event (which is held every two years) is coming up again later this year.

I had a look through the WSC website and it seems that, as solar technology gets better and better, each race is being run under stricter conditions (smaller panel area, smaller batteries).

I guess it's also a safety thing. Even in the 2003 race, the German team reckoned their car could do 125 kph. With improvements in technology, the race could be over in three days if they didn't make the rules harder :)

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