Warm Water­front wel­come for so­lar cars

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - GABI FALANGA

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.

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