Two of the teams competing in the bi-annual Pretoria to Cape Town Sasol Solar Challenge smashed records this past weekend.
Dutch team Nuon travelled 707 kilometres on Saturday, breaking the record for the furthest distance travelled overall by a solar-powered car in a single day.
The South African teams held their own, with North-West University’s solar team breaking the record for the longest distance covered in a single day by a South African team – 560 kilometres in their custom-built solar car.
NWU’s team almost did not participate in this year’s challenge after their car was damaged in an accident on the race track during scrutineering earlier this week.
Thanks to the help of some of its competitors, NWU was able to rebuild its car in time for the race start on Saturday morning.
Teams will race for eight days on a route between Pretoria and Cape Town which covers more than 2,000 kilometres, with some teams doing as much as 4,000 kilometres on optional loops on the routes.
The aim is to cover as much distance as possible powered by the African sun before the race ends on 1 October 2016 at the V&A waterfront.