Videos: Dutch solar racing powerhouse shines on day one of World Solar Challenge

Videos: Dutch solar racing powerhouse shines on day one of World Solar Challenge

9 Oct. 2017

World Solar Challenge has kicked off for another year, with Holland's Nuon Solar Team taking an early lead.

The challenge has competing teams from all over the world race solar-powered vehicles thousands of kilometers across the Australian Outback and defending champion Nuon is looking to claim its seventh title.

    Videos: Dutch solar racing powerhouse shines on day one of World Solar Challenge

    The World Solar Challenge is an endurance race designed to inspire innovations in solar power by having teams design and build vehicles that are powered only by the sun, before racing them from Darwin in northern Australia to Adelaide in the south, some 3,000 (1,864 mi) away.

    As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, the World Solar Challenge boasts its largest field ever, with 50 entries hailing from 26 different countries.

    Thirty-one of those are taking part in Challenger Class, the main event, which Nuon has excelled at since 2001 taking out all but two of the titles. 

    And team Nuon was fast out of the blocks again this year, taking an eight minute lead over the first leg from Japan's Team Tokai and the Western Sydney Solar Team behind them in third.

    This is the eighth time Nuon's Nuna9 solar car has competed in the race, and most recently beat out Dutch compatriot Solar Team Twente by just ten minutes to claim the 2015 Challenger Class title. World Solar Challenge

    Watch the videos below of Day #1 and #2:

    SOLAR CHALLENGE #1: Race met zonne-auto's dwars door Australië

    Meer video's? Abonneer je op ons kanaal!

    In de dagelijkse programmareeks 'Oranje Boven, Down Under' doen presentator Herman van der Zandt (NOS) en wetenschapsjournaliste Anna Grimbrere (VPRO) van zaterdag 7 t/m zondag 15 oktober verslag van de World Solar Challenge 2017, dwars door de Australische outback.

    Al acht keer eerder kwam een Nederlandse zonne-auto als eerste over de streep. Lukt dat deze keer weer? Een programma over een spannende strijd tussen jonge ambitieuze teams, maar ook over groene innovaties die Nederland dichterbij een duurzame samenleving brengen. →

    SOLAR CHALLENGE #2: Nederlandse wagens racen rivalen voorbij

    Meer video's? Abonneer je op ons kanaal! Vanaf vandaag racen 42 auto's op zonne-energie door de outback van Australië. De World Solar Challenge is gestart in de noordelijke stad Darwin. Het team uit Delft begon vandaag goed. De Delftse wagen vertrok als vierde in de race-klasse, maar eindigde de dag na een aantal inhaalmanoeuvres als eerste.

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