UK Students Go Down Under For Solar Race

Students from Durham University in the United Kingdom are gearing up to take their solar car, called the DUSC (Durham University Solar Car), to Australia for a worldwide race across the continent down under.

The 2011 World Solar Challenge runs from October 16th through the 23rd, and pits solar powered vehicles from around the globe against each other in a 1,864 mile race that runs from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide, traveling right down the center of the mostly desert country.

Durham University Solar Car, World Solar Challenge, Australia, United Kingdom

image via Durham University

The DUSC team has high hopes of placing well in Australia, having previously won best new team in 2008 at a 2,400 mile race from Dallas, Texas to Calgary, Canada in North America.

According to the university, the single-seat DUSC has a top speed of 60 miles per hour, and features an in-wheel drive motor and flexible solar panels, making it an extremely efficient machine that the school’s academic advisor says has to be, “able to travel at highway speed all day with less power than an electric kettle.” We wish all the teams the best of luck, and will continue to report on outstanding vehicles from the competition later this year.

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