8 - 15 OCTOBER
The 2017 World Solar Challenge spanned 3000 kilometers; starting in Darwin, Northern Territory and ending in Adelaide, South Australia. The Cruiser Class race consisted of a single-stage regularity trial. The teams were ranked with a scoring algorithm which accounts for energy usage, vehicle occupancy, and practicality. The new rules allowed for charging at any time, but at a cost to the final efficiency score.
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project’s 2017 model solar car Eos II drove across the entire Australian outback without any breaking down and without trailering. It was one of the most reliable and efficient solar cars ever built by UMNSVP.
The team had prepared for this event for many months. A team of 19 dedicated members flew into Australia a month before the race and started to touch up the car and also put in many hours of test driving before the start of BWSC.