The Sasol Solar Challenge is a biennial competition. Teams from across the world design and build solar-powered vehicles to drive across South Africa in an eight-day event. The journey starts in Pretoria on 22 September, and in 2018 more than 20 local and international solar cars are expected to participate.
"The teams will compete to cover the most distance, following a set route each day, and then complete additional loops with the power they have left. It takes good engineering, great drivers and a team that manages energy, the weather and the routes well. The many returning teams will be aiming to break 2016’s records of more than 4 5000 km. Combined, the convoys are expected to cover more than 30 000 km using only the sun’s power. The finish line is in Stellenbosch, and the awards ceremony takes place in Cape Town on 30 September 2018." http://www.solarchallenge.org.za/
SA’s best team in 2016, the North West University solar car team is back with the goal to improve on the 3 524 km they clocked in the previous Sasol Solar Challenge. Placing fourth to international teams in 2016, they aim to keep holding their own against the best solar car teams in the world. They have rebuilt Naledi (which competed in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge) and now compete as Team Phoenix.