Nuon Solar's 'Nuna 9' sped ahead of the competition extending its lead in the World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback
SHOWS: COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA (OCTOBER 11, 2017) (BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 1. NUON SOLAR TEAM MEMBERS CARRYING 'NUNA 9' TO ROAD 2. 'NUNA 9' DRIVING ONTO THE HIGHWAY 3. NUON'S SOLAR TEAM, 'NUNA 9' DRIVING ON HIGHWAY/ PASSING SIGN READING (English): 'WELCOME TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA' 4. NUON'S SOLAR TEAM, 'NUNA 9' DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 5. TOKAI UNIVERSITY'S 'TOKAI CHALLENGER' DRIVING INTO CHECKPOINT 6. DRIVER GETTING OUT OF TOKAI UNIVERSITY'S 'TOKAI CHALLENGER' 7. VARIOUS OF NUON'S SOLAR TEAM, 'NUNA 9' DRIVING ON HIGHWAY STORY: Dutch Team, Nuon Solar's 'Nuna 9' sped ahead of the competition on Wednesday (October 11), stretching its lead to more than 120 kilometres (74.56 miles), in the World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback. Four teams behind 'Nuna 9' are fighting for a podium finish with U.S. Team Michigan holding second place, minutes ahead of another Dutch Team -- Twente's 'Red Shift'. Belgium's Punch Powertrain now sits in fourth position after pushing Japan's Team Tokai to fifth. The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for the cars racing at 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 trans-continental race in only 29 hours and 49 minutes.