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    Quote Originally Posted by THE MOOSE View Post
    Available. Booked the Swiss team - anybody knows if they have one? Otherwise the German team, anybody knows, if they start?
    I believe the German Team have partnered with the Indian team, sort of like BMW and TVS for the G310GS. You have them. Guaranteed!


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    this will be great to be able to attend

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    http://www.sasol.com/media-centre/me...oads-september


    The world’s top solar-powered cars go head to head on South Africa’s roads in September 2018 in an epic 2 500 km event that tests the limits of energy innovation and technology.

    This year’s Sasol Solar Challenge is the biggest yet, with up to 15 international teams and strong local contenders competing for the trophy.

    The event is a live testing laboratory for new technologies and in 2018 will feature innovative cars with hand-woven solar panels, sophisticated weather monitoring systems and 3D-printed parts. The cars will also boast more efficient electrical systems and batteries.

    Local and international teams set off from Pretoria on 22 September and finish in Stellenbosch on 29 September after traversing a challenging route through mountains, deserts, cities and small towns.

    “This is a test of tenacity, endurance, logistics and innovation,” says Winstone Jordaan, Sasol Solar Challenge director and founder.
    Dutch team Nuon will return in 2018 to defend their title and attempt to break their record from 2016 – when they covered 4 716 km using only the power of the African sun.

    The 2018 event marks a decade of serious solar car challenges in SA, as the event runs for the sixth time.

    “From humble beginnings with amateur local solar cars in 2008, the Sasol Solar Challenge is now a big international event which draws top global teams and is eagerly awaited by thousands of people in towns across SA,” says Jordaan.

    SA teams are becoming more competitive, with North West University coming fourth in 2016 by completing 3 524 km. High school team Maragon Olympus beat the University of Johannesburg by a nail-biting 40 km.

    Teams from South Africa, Australia, China, Japan, The Netherlands, and the USA are expected in 2018.

    Their challenge is to travel as far as possible along a set route each day, maximising the energy they can draw from every ray of sunlight. It’s a test of technology, driving, team support, logistics, electronics and strategy.

    Stellenbosch hosts the finish line for the first time in 2018 and the awards ceremony takes place in Cape Town on 30 September 2018.
    Most of the teams are from universities, and the event gives students the chance to apply their engineering education in a challenging environment.

    Sasol has sponsored the solar challenge since 2012 as part of its commitment to furthering science, technology, engineering and maths education and inspiring learners to pursue technical careers.

    This year, Sasol will also sponsor two teams who have never competed before.

    The Sasol Solar Challenge is looking for volunteers along its route. Please mail the event office on admin@solarchallenge.org.za.








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    Solar Challenge 2018 dates and route announced

    2018-04-11 08:00Johannesburg - The world’s top solar-powered cars go head to head on South Africa’s roads in September 2018 to take part in a 2500 km event that tests the limits of energy innovation and technology.


    This year’s Sasol Solar Challenge is the biggest yet, with up to 15 international teams and strong local contenders competing for the trophy.

    3D-printed cars will feature
    The event is a live testing laboratory for new technologies and in 2018 will feature innovative cars with hand-woven solar panels, sophisticated weather monitoring systems and 3D-printed parts. The cars will also boast more efficient electrical systems and batteries.

    Local and international teams set off from Pretoria on 22 September and finish in Stellenbosch on 29 September after traversing a challenging route through mountains, deserts, cities and small towns.

    Winstone Jordaan, Sasol Solar Challenge director and founder said: “This is a test of tenacity, endurance, logistics and innovation."

    Dutch team Nuon will return in 2018 to defend their title and attempt to break their record from 2016 – when they covered 4716 km using only the power of the African sun.


    The 2018 event marks a decade of serious solar car challenges in SA, as the event runs for the sixth time.

    “From humble beginnings with amateur local solar cars in 2008, the Sasol Solar Challenge is now a big international event which draws top global teams and is eagerly awaited by thousands of people in towns across SA,” says Jordaan.

    SA teams are becoming more competitive, with North West University coming fourth in 2016 by completing 3524km. High school team Maragon Olympus beat the University of Johannesburg by a nail-biting 40km.
    International flavour
    Teams from South Africa, Australia, China, Japan, The Netherlands, and the USA are expected in 2018.
    Their challenge is to travel as far as possible along a set route each day, maximising the energy they can draw from every ray of sunlight. It’s a test of technology, driving, team support, logistics, electronics and strategy.

    Stellenbosch hosts the finish line for the first time in 2018 and the awards ceremony takes place in Cape Town on 30 September 2018.

    Most of the teams are from universities, and the event gives students the chance to apply their engineering education in a challenging environment.

    Sasol has sponsored the solar challenge since 2012 as part of its commitment to furthering science, technology, engineering and maths education and inspiring learners to pursue technical careers.
    This year, Sasol will also sponsor two teams who have never competed before.
    Solar Challenge route and dates
    22 September: Pretoria – Sasolburg – Kroonstad
    23 September: Kroonstad – Winburg – Bloemfontein
    24 September: Bloemfontein – Edenburg – Gariep Dam
    25 September: Gariep Dam – Middelburg – Graaff-Reinet
    26 September: Graaff-Reinet – Jansenville – Port Elizabeth
    27 September: Port Elizabeth – Kareedauw – Sedgefield
    28 September: Sedgefield – Mossel Bay – Swellendam
    29 September: Swellendam – Bredasdorp – Cape Agulhas – Stellenbosch
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    Nuna 9, reigning World Champion, who will become Nuna 9s for the Sasol Solar Challenge is currently receiving a new wrap-job for the South African race.

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    Why are there two threads for the same event?

    http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthr...Challenge-2018

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    Planned high level route for those interested to come have a look see.

    Saterday 22/9: Pretoria (Menlyn Maine) to Kroonstad (254km). Control Stop - Sasolburg. Loop distance: 74,9km
    Sunday 23/9: Kroonstad to Bloemfontein (231km). Control Stop - Winburg. Loop distance: 70,7km
    Monday 24/9: Bloemfontein to Gariep Dam (196km). Control Stop - Edenburg. Loop distance: 82,1km
    Tuesday 25/9: Gariep Dam to Graaff-Reinet (224km). Control Stop - Middelburg. Loop distance: 35,9
    Wednesday 26/9: Graaf-Reinet to Port-Elizabeth (250km). Control Stop - Jansenville. Loop distance: 65,2km
    Thursday 27/9: Port Elizabeth to Sedgefield (312km). Control Stop - Kareedouw. Loop distance: 59,2km
    Friday 28/9: Sedgefield to Swellendam (245km). Control Stop - Mosselbay. Loop distance: 28,7km
    Saturday 29/9: Swellendam to Stellenbosch (234km). Control Stop - Bredasdorp. Loop distance: 75,1

    Shortest route distance: 1958km
    Possible total distance by top teams: 4500 - 5000km. Current record: 4745km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grysie View Post
    Why are there two threads for the same event?

    http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthr...Challenge-2018
    This is in All Thing Marshalling for general Forum Viewing and the other thread is the working thread for Marshals to sign up etc (closed group)
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    Sasol Solar Challenge will be in Bloemfontein on 23 September 2018.

    https://www.ofm.co.za/article/local-...medium=twitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Nuna 9, reigning World Champion, who will become Nuna 9s for the Sasol Solar Challenge is currently receiving a new wrap-job for the South African race.


    Nuna9 racing in Australia last year, above. Nuna9S ready for SA in her new wrap below:


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    Should anyone be interested to come and have a look at these cars, the best spot is at the Control Stop Area, as this is where they will spend time standing still. It will also be the start and finish for the loops they will be driving to gain extra distance for the day.

    Saterday 22/9: Control Stop: D.P. de Villiers Stadium, Sasolburg. Loop to Deneysville, Viljoensdrift and back
    Sunday 23/9: Control Stop - Main Street, Winburg. Loop distance: Loop to Theunissen and back
    Monday 24/9: Control Stop - Church Square, Edenburg. Loop toward Trompsburg and back
    Tuesday 25/9: Control Stop - High School, Middelburg. Loop toward Graaff-Reinett and back.
    Wednesday 26/9: Control Stop - Main Street, Jansenville. Loop to Klipplaat and back.
    Thursday 27/9: Control Stop - Sweaty Dutchman, Kareedouw. Loop onto N2 toward PE and back.
    Friday 28/9: Control Stop - Langeberg Mall, Mosselbay. Loop to Brandwacht and back.
    Saturday 29/9: Control Stop - Sport Club, Bredasdorp. Loop to Aghulas and back

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    15 days to the start of the Sasol Solar Challenge in Pretoria and once again, Think Bike and the Think Bike Marshals are proud to be an integral part of this epic journey. Some Marshals will come from Cape Town and others from Durban to join the Gauteng group in Pretoria the day before the start. Looking forward to seeing you outoftowners again and please ride save!

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    We are so proud of our Sasol Solar Challenge Marshals - They won the award for Professionalism and Safety at the awards event at the end of Sasol Solar Challenge in Cape Town last weekend.

    The Press Release reads as follows:

    THINK BIKE MARSHALS WINS SASOL SOLAR AWARD
    The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge trophy for Team Professionalism and Safety was awarded to Think Bike Marshals during the SSC Awards ceremony in Cape Town on Sunday.
    According to the SSC Event Director Winstone Jordaan, the efforts of the Think Bike Marshals not only ensured that the event was concluded without a single serious incident, but their punctuality, discipline both on and off the road and their overt team spirit served as an example of professionalism for all the participants. Whilst the trophy is usually awarded to one of the participating teams, SSC event officials decided to award the trophy to Think Bike Marshals – the first time in the 10-year history of the Sasol Solar Car challenge.
    The Think Bike Marshals accepted the trophy to a standing ovation from all the participants and the winning team Team Captain from Nuon – University of Delft, the current World Champions dedicated their win to Think Bike Marshals.
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    Congratulations SSC TB Marshals. I am honoured to be part of TB Marshals and so envious of the ones that did the trip. SSC is on my bucket list.

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    Seriously guys.

    I am not even a bit surprised, I expected nothing less.
    Spent my therapy money on a K1200S
    Therapy must have worked, bought a GS
    Insanity crept back in, in the shape of an R1200R

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