Belgian team drives Solar Challenge race in Abu Dhabi from




Belgium Punch Powertrain Solar Team the first race for solar cars finished in Abu Dhabi. The race consisted of four days in which a total distance of 1,200 kilometers to be traveled. Dutch did not have cars with them.

Sunday was the last day of the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, which was held this year for the first time. It was also one of the first times that there was a race for solar cars held in the Middle East. Dutch teams did not participate, but the Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team from the University of Leuven it was present. The team did on Twitter report of his progress.

The race went Thursday starts with a qualification at the Yas Marina Circuit, the Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi. Then the teams had a distance of over 1200 kilometers in three days. The route led through the desert of the United Arab Emirates, but the solar cars have to drive only on well-paved roads. At the end of the race is the annual World Future Energy Summit started, an event in which renewable energy is on the agenda.

The Belgian team, consisting of seventeen students from the University of Louvain reached the last stage in fifth place. That is probably enough to eventually win third place in the overall standings. The Belgian solar car drove for a long time on the podium and was even briefly second. The final overall standings will be published at a later date.

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