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The Nuon Solar Team of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at Victoria Square on Oct. 22, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia Morne de Klerk—Getty Images

A Dutch University Has Just Won Australia's Solar Car Race

Oct 22, 2015
The Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team near Glendambo as the team races on day four of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on Oct. 21, 2015.
The Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team near Glendambo as the team races on Day 4 of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on Oct. 21, 2015. 45 Solar cars from 25 different countries participated in the 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide, AustraliaGeert Vanden Wijngaert—AFP/Getty Images
The Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team near Glendambo as the team races on day four of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on Oct. 21, 2015.
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Punch Powertrain Solar Team shows team members posing above their cars after the qualification lap for the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at Hidden Valley race track in Darwin on Oct. 18, 2015.
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The 1,800-mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide cuts through the center of Australia, traversing deserts where the sun can bake asphalt to well over 100°F. While these conditions make travel perilous for most drivers, they were perfect for competitors in the nation's solar car race, of which the team from Delft University in the Netherlands won its second victory in a row on Thursday.

Held once every two years, the World Solar Challenge is a friendly testing ground for cars that run on nothing but the sun. The hope is that one day the technology will find its way into consumer products, the BBC reports.

This year more than 40 teams from universities and schools around the world set off from State Square in Darwin on Oct. 18. Five days later, after 37 hours, 56 minutes and 12 seconds of driving, Delft's Nuon Solar Team’s car Nuna8 was the first to cross the finish line at Victoria Square in Adelaide.

It was a tight race. Nuon's countrymen from Solar Team Twente and its car Red One joined the revelry just eight minutes later. Japan's Tokai University took third.

How do you celebrate after five days in the scorching Australian Outback? The orange-clad students jumped in the square’s fountain, naturally.

[BBC]

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