The most eco-friendly car race in the world.
The World Solar Challenge.
With sensationally low consumption of 3.3 l/100 km, the Audi A3 1.9 TDI proved to be exceptionally efficient over the 3,543 kilometre route between Darwin and Adelaide. Over certain stretches the Audi A3 managed on as little as 2.6 l/100 km.
The Audi team included Olympic champion and Audi ambassador Ian Thorpe. Together with the Australian rules footballer Warren Tredrea, he completed the journey from Darwin to Adelaide in just eight days. Racing driver and journalist Peter McKay supplied advice on how to drive the car in a sporty but economical way. In the World Solar Challenge, the focus is solely on efficiency rather than how fast the competitors reach the finish or how many laps they have completed. Predetermined refuelling points along the route guarantee that the cars’ consumption and emissions are logged precisely.
This has made the World Solar Challenge the most environmentally friendly car race in the world for the past 20 years. The Adventure Class and Challenge Class offer creative minds from all over the world an opportunity to try out their solar-powered vehicles in front of an international audience.