South African Solar Challenge
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The South African Solar Challenge is an alternative fuel vehicle auto racing challenge in South Africa, with classes for hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, solar vehicles, and biofuel-powered vehicles. The first challenge was run in 2008, and it will run every two years thereafter. The race distance is over 4,100 km (2,500 mi). The challenge route may change from year to year, but it is planned to run from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Durban and finish in Pretoria.
The primary objective is to design, manage, build and race solar powered-vehicles across South Africa. The challenge sees a collaboration between pupils, students, private individuals and various industry and government partners, to work together to have a safe, technology-rich event. Moreover, the challenge is seen as an educational tool to focus on and communicate about science and technology to the broad public.