There will only be two UK teams taking part in the World Solar Car Challenge taking place in Darwin, Australia a week from now.
The teams will be from Cambridge University and Durham University.
The competition requires contestants to travel 3,000 km across the Australian outback and end up in Adelaide on the south coast, using a vehicle powered solely by solar power and recovered kinetic energy.
Other countries that will take part in the contest include Japan, the USA, Chile, Iran, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and Korea. They will kick off from Darwin at 8.30am on Sunday 16th October. There will be a total of 39 teams representing 21 different countries.
The first of these competitions was held 11 years ago in 2000 and it has since become an annual event. The favourite to win this years contest is the Dutch Nuon Solar team, who are making a habit of winning ± they have won four times during the past five years, in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
They can expect stiff competition from the Japanese team though. In 2009 the team from Tokai University broke the record the Dutch set in 2007 and they will be there again this year.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Adelaide on the 23rd October.
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