Japanese team finishes first in 2011 World Solar Challenge

If you follow motorsport, then you'll know that it's been a tragic week on racetracks around the world. Thankfully, a good news story was developing in the Australian outback, with a team from Japan winning this year's World Solar Challenge.

If you follow motorsport, then you'll know that it's been a tragic week on racetracks around the world. Thankfully, a good news story was developing in the Australian outback, with a team from Japan winning this year's World Solar Challenge.

Tokai Challenger
(Credit: World Solar Challenge)

The team from Tokai University took out this year's 2998km challenge from Darwin to Adelaide in a time of 32 hours and 45 minutes, averaging 91.51km/h and hitting a top speed of around 160km/h. A challenge has been lodged by another team, so this result isn't yet final.

Rounding out the top three were the Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands and the University of Michigan's Quantum entry. Another Japanese team, this time from Ashiya University, placed fourth.

The top-placed Aussie teams, Sunswift UNSW and Aurora, finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Stanford Solar Car's Xenith entry, which we previewed earlier this year, ended up in 12th place.

Participants in this year's race were limited to six square metres of solar panels per car, while batteries were restricted to 5kWh.

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