Tokai University team claim victory in world’s largest solar car race for 2nd year running.

The Tokai University solar car team, sponsored by RS Components, has won the World Solar Challenge (WSC) for the second year in a row following an epic 3,000km dash across Australia. The competition, which was held between 16-23 October 2011, started in Darwin in the North of Australia and travelled south to Adelaide covering a total distance of 3,021km. Despite being in fifth place after qualifying, the Tokai ChalleThe Tokai University solar car team, sponsored by RS Components, has won the World Solar Challenge (WSC) for the second year in a row following an epic 3,000km dash across Australia. The competition, which was held between 16-23 October 2011, started in Darwin in the North of Australia and travelled south to Adelaide covering a total distance of 3,021km. Despite being in fifth place after qualifying, the Tokai Challenger car ran smoothly to complete the race in 32 hours and 45 minutes, reaching the finish line at 1pm on 20 October. The car used HIT solar cells, which have the world’s highest energy conversion rate. This was supported with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries provided by Panasonic. Super lightweight Toray carbon fibre material was supplied for the body which enabled the weight of the vehicle to be reduced to a mere 140kg. Professor Hideki Kimura, an expert in solar car technology, said, “I would like to acknowledge all the sponsors, academics and students for supporting the team. We are delighted with the result and very proud to have had the chance to support all the dedicated and talented people that make up the Tokai University team.nger car ran smoothly to complete the race in 32 hours and 45 minutes, reaching the finish line at 1pm on 20 October. The car used HIT solar cells, which have the world’s highest energy conversion rate. This was supported with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries provided by Panasonic. Super lightweight Toray carbon fibre material was supplied for the body which enabled the weight of the vehicle to be reduced to a mere 140kg. Professor Hideki Kimura, an expert in solar car technology, said, “I would like to acknowledge all the sponsors, academics and students for supporting the team. We are delighted with the result and very proud to have had the chance to support all the dedicated and talented people that make up the Tokai University team.

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