In friendly competition with others attempting the same goals,
the teams depart Darwin aiming to be the first to arrive in Adelaide,
some 3000km to the south.
It’s all about energy management! Based on the original notion that a
1000W car would complete the journey in 50 hours, solar cars are
allowed a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy, which is 10% of that
theoretical figure. All other energy must come from the sun or be
recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle.
These are arguably the most efficient electric vehicles.
Having made the journey from Darwin and successfully navigating
quarantine, customs, scrutineering, safety inspections and undertaken
event briefings, participants are ready to start their epic journey.
The event is conducted in a single stage from Darwin to Adelaide.
Once the teams have left Darwin they must travel as far as they can
until 5pm in the afternoon where they make camp in the desert where-ever
they happen to be.
All teams must be fully self-sufficient!
During the journey there are 7 mandatory check points where observers
are changed and team managers may update themselves with the latest
information on the weather and their own position in the field. Here teams
may perform the most basic of maintenance only – checking a
maintenance of tyre pressure and cleaning of debris from the vehicle.
There are also undisclosed check points which may be imposed by the
event officials to ensure regulatory compliance.