Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019


Brief summary of the event.

The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will start in Darwin on Sunday 13 October finishing latest on the 20 October in Adelaide.
This is the 15th event with a record 53 entries from 24 countries were received. It is the worlds biggest solar challenge event with around 1500 participants.
It generates industry partnerships across energy, automotive, engineering, financial, material sciences and IT sectors.
The Challenger Class is for single-seat solar cars designed to be fast. The Cruiser Class is for efficient, practical solar cars with two or more seats.
Solar cars are allowed a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy at the start, all other energy for the entire event must come from the sun or be recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle with no external charging.
These and other rules are checked by observers travelling with each team racing from 8 am to 5 pm stopping where-ever that is so all teams must be fully self sufficient.
There are 9 mandatory checks along the way where observers are changed along with drivers.
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Day 7 News Feed - Saturday 19 October

Cruiser Class final arrivals and judging.

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The final day of cars arriving in Adelaide.

Day 6 News Feed - Friday 18 October

Cruiser Class plus some Challenger Class

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Cruiser class arrival in Adelaide

Finish Cruiser plus Challenger Class Part 2

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Many teams finishing

Day 5 News Feed - Thursday 17 October

Finish Challenge Class

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1st Agoria
2nd Tokai
3rd Michigan
4th Top Dutch

Day 4 News Feed - Wednesday 16 October

Wind causes havoc!

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More wind issues!

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Top Dutch and others also heavily effected by the wind damaging or crashing out.

Race Day 3 News Feed - Tuesday 15 October

Part 1

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Start of the day saw Team Twente leading with Team Vattenfall both from Holland leading the way.
Next was Agoria then Sonnen Wagen Aachen, then Michigan, Tokai, followed by Top Dutch.

South Australia border crossing

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Team Twente cross first.

Race Day 2 - News Feed - Monday 14 October

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Day 2 of the race.

Race Day 1 - News Feed - Sunday 13 October

Race Day Morning

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The race got underway with good weather conditions however the first 20 km saw a number of breakdowns and temporary problems.
First car into Kathrine was Twente who have never won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Race Day Afternoon

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Western Sydney were penalised and had to start last but have been powering through the ranks up to Kathrine.

Pole Position -Hot Lap - Saturday 12 Oct

Media compile of hot lap day at Hidden Valley

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Skids, fast cars and lots of enthusiasm.
Winners of Challenger Class was team 6 Top Dutch Solar Racing
Winners of Cruiser class was team 98 ATN with their car Priscilla

Belgium Team

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Interview with driver Bert Longin of car "Blue Point" eventual winners of the 2019 Challenger class.

Truck Vs Solar Car

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Today for the first time Solar Cars and Australia's famous "Road Trains" met on a race track. A Kenworth C509 with only 2 trailers (They often have 4 on the highway) came together to show what the solar cars have to deal with on the highway south getting past a Road Train.

Archive Footage
2013 & 2017

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Small selection of past event footage.