Our very own solar car, Sinag, is now taking the lead in its class, the Challenge Class, at the currently ongoing World Solar Challenge. Held in Australia - from Darwin to Adelaide, the World Solar Challenge makes solar vehicles run and complete a distance of over 3000 kilometers. The Challenge Class wherein Sinag belongs to has a total of 40 participants including our very own solar race car.Sinag is the very first fully functional solar vehicle in the country. And at the race, this solar car has already sped through half of the whole distance and is leaving all other solar race cars in its class eating its dust. Overall though, Sinag is holding on to 11th place but is moving trying to go faster so as to move up the ranks.
October 21st was when the race started and quite a number of teams from all around the globe joined. Most of the vehicles who have joined were actually products of the development and research done by governments or by companies who have become environmentally-conscious or who have just spurted a green mind.
Sinag was created by some mechanical and electronics and communications engineering students from De La Salle University with the help of some faculty from the same school. They were backed up and supported by great companies like Ford Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Shell, U-Freight, Motolite, San Miguel Corporation, SunPower, and Ventus.
Eric Tan is Sinag’s lead driver and he shares, “We are making good time so we can make it to Adelaide by Saturday or early Sunday morning. We just need to reach the next designated control stops before the deadline in order for us to be able to continue to race. Missing two control stops will disqualify us.”
[Via Global Nation]
[Image from Sinag: The First Philippine Solar-Powered Car: The Project]