Dutch first again in solar race

Central Station | 13 Oct 2017

Dominant Dutch team Nuon has won an epic 3,000-kilometer solar car race across Australia's outback for the third- straight year in an innovative contest showcasing new-vehicle technology.

The World Solar Challenge, first run in 1987 and last held in 2015, began in the northern city of Darwin on Sunday with 41 competing cars, with Adelaide in South Australia state the final destination.

Cheers and chants of "Nuna" roared from the large Dutch contingent as the "Nuna 9" car - travelling at an average speed of 81.2 kilometer an hour - crossed the finish line in mid-afternoon yesterday.

The University of Michigan's Novum was on track for second place ahead of Belgium's Punch Powertrain. The event has become an innovation challenge with teams looking to demonstrate designs that could lead to commercially available solar-powered vehicles for passengers.

Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla co-founder J B Straubel are past competitors who credit the event with influencing their careers.

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