By Evie Andreou
FOR the first time in three years, the annual Solar Car Challenge is returning to Nicosia with hundreds expected to attend the event in the city centre next Sunday.
The aim of the race, which is an initiative of the Cyprus Institute, is to generate interest in science, technology and engineering amongst students and the public and raise awareness of alternative and environmentally friendly transport methods.
The first Solar Car Challenge took place in 2010 at the Daytona Race Track in Tseri was so successful it became an annual event, being held for the past three years in Paphos.
The race, which is being co-organised by the Nicosia municipality, will begin at 10:00am from Stasikratous street with the solar cars heading towards Themistokli Dervi Avenue and continuing on to Spyros Kyprianou Avenue. The race will last for three hours with the cars running as many laps possible on the designated route.
The Cyprus Institute’s technical team will check the cars to ensure they comply with the rules and regulations set by international world solar challenges.
After the race the cars will parade to Nicosia Town Hall for the award ceremony and will remain there from 15:00 to 16:30 for the public to go and have a closer look.
The cars must be solely powered by the sun. All horse power comes from the solar panels on the vehicles which charge the battery.
According to Charis Hephaestou, communications officer of the Cyprus Institute, the cars will move as long as there is sun and can reach speeds of 60km/h.
This year nine cars will participate in the race: Pascal English School’s Team Solevo 3, Technical School of Avgorou’s Famagusta Solar Car Team which will race two vehicles, Ayios Lazaros Technical School’s Team Phevos, Team Sun-der, and Team Odyssey both from Nicosia, Team 91 from Limassol, the Philadelphia University from Jordan and the NUST-PNEC University from Pakistan.
For more information: www.facebook.com/solarcarchallengecyprus & www.cyi.ac.cy/solar-car-challenge.html
By Evie Andreou