An award-winning German solar car that last week travelled 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide is now heading for Sydney as the next stage of an odyssey to circumnavigate the world.

The two-seater solar electric car, SolarWorld Gran Turismo (SolarWorld GT), is currently en route to Sydney in the final stage of its crossing of Australia. The solar car is expected to arrive at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 2nd November.

SolarWorld GT last week successfully completed the first stage of its Australian odyssey by participating in the World Solar Challenge, a 3000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide, which attracted 37 solar cars from 20 countries. All 37 vehicles were powered by the same amount of energy required to run a hair dryer!  SolarWorld GT won the Design Award for the 2011 World Solar Challenge.

After leaving Australia, SolarWorld GT will drive through New Zealand, then traverse several countries from four more continents, comprising North America, North Africa, Europe and Asia. The circumnavigation of the globe will cover about 34,000km with two equatorial-crossings over one year.

SolarWorld GT at the finish line in Adelaide after traveling  3000km from Darwin in the World Solar Challenge.  2011 WSC winner of the  Design Award

For an officially recognised circumnavigation, SolarWorld GT will need to travel at least 28,500 kms by land.  When this event is finished, the SolarWorld GT will fulfill various world records.  In the Guinness Book of World Records, the event will be recorded as the longest driven route with a solar car.

Since 1999, students from Germany’s Bochum University of Applied Sciences have developed solar cars, which are powered only by the energy of the sun. SolarWorld GT is the fifth car from the team.

All necessary work – planning, logistics and construction – is completed by students during their studies. The ‘solar chariots’ of the project from Bochum rank among the best and have been highly awarded, with a variety of international prizes for technology and design innovation. The project is made possible with the long-term support of many companies.

Aiming for the SolarWorld GT to live up to its name, the students have set an ambitious goal – to circumnavigate the globe in a fully self-sufficient solar energy powered vehicle for the first time in history! Under real conditions, the circumnavigation will demonstrate the performance ability and suitability for daily use of vehicles of lightweight design and high energy efficiency.

The entirely self-sufficient driven two-seater, with usual automobile dimensions, is expected to stimulate further interest in renewable energies and their potential. The Solar Car team considers itself as an ambassador for sustainable mobility, developed and built by young future engineers from North Rhine-Westphalia, who are presenting the trademark ‘German Engineering’ in an entirely new manner.

Route Map Adelaide to Sydney October 26th to November 2nd, 2011









The end of the stage is Sydney. The teams’ estimated arrival day could be on November 1 or 2, 2011.  The exact arrival date depends on the weather conditions (solar radiation), and they could even arrive two days early.

* arriving at the Sydney Opera House is subject to necessary approvals

Start      End   
Wed 26 Oct 
Adelaide    near Lameroo SA     201
Thu 27 Oct  
near Lameroo    near Kulwin VIC
Fri 28 Oct near Kulwin    near Hay NSW     248
Sat 29 Oct    near Hay    Narrandera NSW 173
Sun 30 Oct              
Mon 31 Oct    Narrandera    Coolac NSW   


Tue 01 Nov    Coolac    Marulan NSW     205
Wed 02 Nov    Marulan    Sydney     17

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Tim Skerra or Matthias Wiemers
Tel: +61 0411 201 373  

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