Update: World Solar Challenge 2017

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Where we last left off, the solar car challenge had just started and we were wondering who was going to win this year’s race.

The race has finished and the Nuna9 car from the Nuon Solar Team has  beat 42 other cars and won the race for the third time in a row! This also makes it the seventh time that this team has won this race in the 30 years it has been run.

The Nuon Team from Delft University in the Netherlands designed and drove the Nuna9. They completed the 3000 km journey in 4 days and 6 hours, and an average speed of 81.2 km/hour, all on solar power! The University of Michigan car came in second, the Punch Powertrain third, and the Japanese Tokai came in fourth.

‘Designboom’ says that the Nuna9 weighs 135 kilograms and uses 2.64 meter squared gallium arsenide solar cells. This design is smaller than the Nuna8 last year. The challenge in designing these cars is to ensure that they have enough solar cells to generate power, are lightweight enough, but also are heavy enough to withstand winds upto 60 km/hour. Of course there is enormous skill involved in the driving of these vehicles as well. Congratulations Team Nuon!


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