Sunday, October 18, 2009

Local university in world solar car race

At least we are doing something....

KUALA LUMPUR: It is not the home bred F1 team that the country has recently announced but a 16-member Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) team is spearheading Malaysia's challenge in a solar car race in Australia next week.

The team left for Australia on Sunday to compete in the 2009 World Solar Challenge from Oct 25 to 31.

The team - known as "Solar Ranger" - is led by the university's vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mashkuri Yaacob.

Uniten's developed solar car, "Solar Ranger 1", bearing the 1Malaysia logo, was flown to Darwin on Oct 8 ahead of the race, which covers a distance of 3,021km between Darwin in the Northern Territory and Adelaide in South Australia.

Uniten said the car took two years to complete and underwent a series of test drives from April this year.

Team manager, Associate Prof Halil Hussain said the race, which is aimed at promoting sustainable energy, would be the university's first after winning the World Solar Cycle Challenge six years ago.

He said the team aimed to finish among the top ten. - Bernama

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