World Solar Challenge

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Location Darwin NT 0800
Event Date06 Oct 2013 11:00
Event Ends13 Oct 2013 11:00
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The World Solar Challenge starts in Darwin in the Northern Territory and travels the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta and then via Highway 1 to the finish in the City of Adelaide in South Australia – 3000kms.

In friendly competition with others attempting the same goals, the teams depart Darwin aiming to be the first to arrive in Adelaide. 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.

The elite Challenger class 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. Other classes have different requirements, but all teams must be fully self-sufficient and
for all concerned it is a great adventure - many say the adventure of a lifetime.

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 and 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.

How to Enter the 2013 World Solar Challenge
We now officially welcome your interest in participating. You may opt to submit an Expression of Interest’ which will record your interest in participating, alternatively, you may complete and submit an official entry form thereby formalising your participation by requesting an invoice and taking advantage of the early bird payment discount.

Go to our website and download the entry form.
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Closest Weather Station

Darwin Harbour at 31/11:30pm CST
Distance from World Solar Challenge 1.1km SE
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
28.6°C °C % °C 1008.8hPa -mm W 13km/hr
7knots
19km/hr
10knots

Closest Climatic Station

Darwin Airport
Distance from World Solar Challenge 7km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C 31.831.431.932.7 32.030.630.531.4 32.633.233.332.6
Mean Min. °C 24.824.724.524.0 22.119.919.320.4 23.024.925.325.3
Mean Rain mm 423.8374.6322.1101.2 21.31.91.25.0 15.770.2139.3251.3
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