Solar cars depart Darwin for the World Solar Challenge through the Australian Outback.
SENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: DARWIN, AUSTRALIA (OCTOBER 8, 2017) (BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE - ACCESS ALL) 1. MEMBERS OF PUNCH POWERTRAIN SOLAR TEAM WORKING ON VEHICLE 2. NITECH SOLAR RACING TEAM AND VEHICLE 3. NUON SOLAR TEAM VEHICLE NUNA 9 4. JAPANESE VEHICLE HORIZON 17 STARTING RACE 5. WESTERN SYDNEY SOLAR TEAM VEHICLE UNLIMITED 2.0 STARTING RACE 6. NUON SOLAR TEAM VEHICLE NUNA 9 STARTING RACE 7. PEOPLE IN CROWD WATCHING AND CHEERING VEHICLES 8. VARIOUS OF VEHICLES DRIVING THROUGH OUTBACK STORY: The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday (October 8) with nearly 40 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a gruelling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback. The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun. The fastest time was achieved by Japan's Tokai University in 2009, completing the transcontinental race in only 29 hours and 49 minutes. Belgian team Punch Powertrain started first on Sunday after recording a trial time of 2:03.8 for 2.97 km (1.78 miles), hitting an average speed of 83.4 kmh (51.5mph). Teams come from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, Chile, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.