Ardingly Solar Car has reached Australia

Watching the unveiling
Watching the unveiling

A student-built solar car which was shipped to Australia for a 3,000km outback challenge has now reached Adelaide.

A student-built solar car which was shipped to Australia for a 3,000km outback challenge has now reached Adelaide.

Students from Ardingly College and Ifield Community College worked together on a major STEM project to create the solar car.

The Ardingly Solar Car represents four years of collaboration by the colleges, as part of a pioneering project to develop sustainable transport solutions.

It features the latest solar technologies and has been built with the help of 33 companies, alongside the University of Surrey and University of Brighton.

The car, which left Tilbury Docks in mid-July, was given a send off by cllr Alastair McPherson, mayor of Haywards Heath.

The solar car team has now received the news that the car has arrived in Adelaide enroute to Dawin for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019.

They are set to leave on October 7 for Darwin to compete against international companies and major universities.

The shipment of around four tonnes - including a portable generator, and camping and safety equipment - will allow the students, aged from 16 to 18 years old, to compete in the challenge.

The team will live in the hostile outback, camping by the side of the road, for six days in October. As part of the race preparations, the solar team attended a survival day.

A convoy will consist of five support vehicles, including two four-wheel drives, two eight-seaters, and a supply lorry. This 3.5-tonne vehicle will help carry supplies for the 450 meals required by the team.

The solar car team’s aim, having already represented Great Britain in the European Solar Race, is to achieve the UK record for the greatest number of solar miles.

The solar team have extended their thanks to their sponsors, and in particular for the support of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for its belief in the vision of sustainable transport.

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