Filipino team to join solar car race

A 13-member Filipino team, “Team
Solar Philippines,” will participate in Australia’s annual World Solar Challenge, a cross-continental race for solar-powered cars. The race will start in Darwin and is expected to reach Adelaide within a few days.

The Philippine entry to the race is car number 88, “Sikat II”, running on a lithium ion-driven in-wheel axial flux permanent magnet motor. “Sikat II” was designed, engineered, and built by a group of De La Salle University (DLSU) faculty members and students, who formed the Philippine Solar Car Challenge Inc. It is the group’s third solar car project to compete in Australia’s World Solar Challenge.

The Filipino team is expected to arrive in Darwin a week before the start of the race, and will be at the Hidden Valley Raceway for the pre-race preparations and activities.

The race will commence on 16 October 2011 at the Town Hall of Darwin, Northern Territory and finish on 22 October at Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia, a distance of about 3,000 kilometres. The race route follows Stuart Highway.

The race is expected to run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Day 1 until the last day. The racers will camp wherever they are at 5:00 pm.

The awards ceremony is scheduled on 23 October 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adelaide Convention Centre in North Terrace, Adelaide.

Information about the Team Solar Philippines and “Sikat II” can be found at the Philippine Solar Car Challenge website www.philsolarchallenge.org