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Vattenfall Solar Team Breaks Solar Racing World Endurance Record

Auto News - Published on Fri, 14 Aug 2020

Image Source: Nuna Phoenix Solar Car Vattenfall Solar Team
On 8 August, the Vattenfall Solar Team set a new solar racing world endurance record in The Netherlands. Over 12 hours, the Nuna Phoenix solar car drove more than 924 kilometres fuelled entirely by solar power. Participation in an international solar race is not possible this year due to the coronavirus. The Vattenfall Solar Team therefore took their self-built Nuna Phoenix solar car to the Department of Road Transport test track in Lelystad in the Netherlands in an attempt to set a new world endurance record. A special aspect of the record attempt was that it was the first time the Nuna would be seen in action this year. To break the world endurance record held by the Nuna 8s since 2017, the Nuna Phoenix would have to travel at least 882 kilometres in 12 hours, more than 300 rounds. In the end, the solar car ran 328 rounds.

The team is used to the heat of Australia, but the unusually high temperatures in the Netherlands really put the team on its mettle. Four drivers took turns during the day, each for a stint of three hours. While the drivers switched places, the other team members sprayed water on the solar panels to try to cool them down. The starting shot sounded at 7 AM the first driver, Marloes Nanninga, got off to a flying start. The other drivers also took their turns as planned. At 7 PM the Nuna Phoenix whooshed over the finish line of the RWD site in Lelystad. T

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 14 Aug 2020
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