Baanrecord voor Top Dutch Solar Racing © Job Verkruisen

Last night, hopefully while you were still fast asleep, the sun was already blazing in Darwin, Australia. At half past eight in the morning local time, the starting shot sounded for the first solar car in the World Solar Challenge. The ‘newcomers’ from the North of the Netherlands qualified yesterday for the pole position by setting a track record in Darwin. “We have shown right away that other teams have to take us seriously,” Eline Hestra from the Top Dutch Solar Racing team says while in Australia. An hour later, the last of almost fifty solar cars also set course towards the finish line, 3000 kilometers away in Adelaide.

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Author profile picture Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.