Warm Waterfront welcome for solar cars
NERVES of steel, intense concentration and the ability to cope in extreme heat are just some of the qualities it takes to be a solar car driver.
Eleven local and international teams have been driving across the country in solar cars during the Sasol Solar Challenge, attempting to accumulate the most distance possible while adhering to speed limits.
The teams left Pretoria last Saturday and are due at the finish at the Waterfront this afternoon.
Professor Albert Helberg, a strategist for the NorthWest University solar team, said people either had the ability to be a solar car driver or not.
“If they get out and they’re white in the face and jittery, then they’re not a solar car driver,” he said.
Challenge director Winstone Jordaan said: “What you look for is someone who can follow instructions and who’s sensitive to that, to keep the speed the same, to make small changes.”
Sarah Bennink Bolt, from the Netherland’s Nuon Solar Team, said it was very difficult to drive a solar car.
“It’s hot and not very comfortable. “It’s very scary, like when you overtake a truck, you can feel the suction,” she said.