Solar cars prepare for challenge

Teams from Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands have unveiled their solar cars ahead of the World Solar Challenge, taking place in Australia in October. Colombia’s Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team is made up of engineering students of the Eaift university, while members of the Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands come from the Delft University of Technology. Belgium’s Punch Powertrain Solar Team is made up of industrial engineering students at the Leuven-based Groep T college. The World Solar Challenge is a 3000km drive from Darwin to Adelaide, with the electric cars being powered by the sun.
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People gather on August 8, 2013, at Autoworld in Brussels, during the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team, which will participate in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. The car was built by Industrial Engineering students of Leuven-based Groep T college. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People attend the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team which will participate in the World Solar Challenge next 6 October in Australia, on August 12, 2013, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The car was built by engineering students of the Eaift university. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People attend the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team which will participate in the World Solar Challenge next 6 October in Australia, on August 12, 2013, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The car was built by engineering students of the Eaift university. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People attend the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team which will participate in the World Solar Challenge next 6 October in Australia, on August 12, 2013, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The car was built by engineering students of the Eaift university. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Students work during the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team which will participate in the World Solar Challenge next 6 October in Australia, on August 12, 2013, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The car was built by engineering students of the Eaift university. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People attend the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Eafit-Epm Solar Car Team which will participate in the World Solar Challenge next 6 October in Australia, on August 12, 2013, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The car was built by engineering students of the Eaift university. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the Nuon Solar Team pose with their new vehicle, the Nuna 7, on July 2, 2013 in Delft, the Netherlands. The team of the Delft University of Technology will compete with their solar powered car in the 2013 World Solar Challenge in Australia. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People gather on August 8, 2013, at Autoworld in Brussels, as a woman sits in the driving seat during the presentation of the new Solar Energy car of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team, which will participate in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. The car was built by Industrial Engineering students of Leuven-based Groep T college. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tue 13 Aug 2013 11:27 AM GST