Sasol Solar Challenge
The Sasol Solar Challenge is a fast paced, innovative event, where teams are put to the test in a country wide challenge. The challenge spans over eight days, and competitors race each other in team built, solar-powered vehicles. The initiative which has become a global event, pride themselves on using sustainable energy by harnessing only sunlight, and innovative engineering to travel the distance.
The event has grown in size over the years, with many spectators now gathering on the side lines along the route in towns such as Graaf- Reniet, Knysna and Swellendam, to watch as vehicles speed by. The event happens every two years, under the collaborative team of Motorsport SA and the International Automobile Federation, partnering with various universities, private individuals, and businesses.
Twisp this year sponsored the entrant from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) – Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, who are now all Twispers! TUT were pleased to take Twisp on as an official sponsor, where team members were Twisping at every part of the strenuous journey.
The event this year began on 27 September in Pretoria, with Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, starting off the proceedings to a spectacular event. The Sun Chaser team from Tshwane University of Technology put together a team in 2012 and have made fantastic progress within two years, teaming up with Welsh team Gwawr, who helped them transform their solar car into Tân-Y-Wawr, an Olympia class car. After months of preparation, creative designs and getting their hands dirty, the team set off to compete against the best internationally.
After a week of tackling the South African landscape, they completed their race in Cape Town on 4October, finishing in 7th place. The team were extremely proud of their efforts and teamwork, which led them to travel vast distances of 1213.8 km across the South African terrain. Twisp thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sponsor a team and an initiative that shares a vision of technological development and eco-innovation.