PH's Sikat II finishes 3rd in World Solar Challenge
MANILA -- After traveling six days from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia, Sikat II finished third place in the Adventure Class of the recent 2013 World Solar Challenge (WSC).
Sikat II, the Philippines’ representative to the most prestigious solar car racing event, bested Hong Kong, Turkey, USA, and two teams from Japan by traveling a total of 2,487 solar kilometers.
A solar kilometer is the distance traveled by a vehicle relying solely on the sun’s energy.
Australia’s Aurora Evolution placed first, while Chile’s Antakari landed second place in the same category.
“I feel so proud of the Sikat Solar Team for their accomplishments in spite of the limited resources and their hectic schedules. All the sleepless nights paid off in the form their third place finish,” said Project Manager Richard Li in a statement.
Team manager Dr. Alvin Culaba attributed their success to the dedication of the people behind Sikat II.
“The race is more than getting to the finish line the fastest. The completion of this cross-continent journey is a demonstration of the team’s exemplary work ethic as well as their physical fitness and mental strength," he said.
Mechanical and electronics engineering students and faculty members from De La Salle University developed the Philippine solar car.
Sikat Solar Challenge Foundation, composed of representatives from First Phil Holdings, First Gen, Energy Development Corporation, Sunpower, Ufreight, Shell, and Motolite, supported the development of Sikat II.
Forty-two teams from 24 countries competed in three categories in the 2013 WSC.