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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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These Amazing Solar-Powered Cars Just Raced Across An Entire Country

Oct 22, 2015

Every two years, driving teams from around the world meet in Australia for a grueling, 1,877 mile race straight through the heart of the country's most oppressive terrain. The twist? Each vehicle is powered entirely by solar energy.

This is the premise of the World Solar Challenge, won this year by a team from the Netherlands' Delft University. In the gallery above, see the unique cars and drivers who raced in this year's event.

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