Leuven University Solar Team breaks Belgian record during World Solar Challenge qualifier

The Belgian Solar Team has broken the Belgian speed record for a solar-powered vehicle. The team from the Catholic University of Leuven did so during a qualifier for the Bridgestone Solar Challenge. The Belgian team came in fourth and has qualified for the race that will set off from Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territories.

 

The 3,021 kilometre race gets under way on Sunday. 46 teams from 23 countries are taking part in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

The Belgian Solar Team’s time of 20:02.64 set a new Belgian record. The professional racing driver Bert Longin drove the Belgian team’s vehicle. He travelled with the Leuven team to Australia to assist the students. He told journalists “I felt how the car can tear around a track now. This is very promising for the rest of the competition”

The previous World Solar Challenge was won by the Dutch Solar Team from Delft. The race gets under way tomorrow (Sunday 12 October) with the Belgian team hoping to cross the finishing line sometime on Thursday 17 October.