29 Sep '15, 9pm

Singapore Polytechnic's solar race car rises from ashes

Singapore Polytechnic's solar race car rises from ashes

As the only polytechnic in a solar car race set in a desert and dominated by big-name universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Cambridge, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) was prepared for hot competition. But probably not as hot as the inferno that engulfed its $250,000 self-built solar-powered two-seater weeks before the car was due to be shipped to Darwin in Australia for the flag-off. Through sheer grit, the team of 52 engineering students and lecturers managed to rebuild the car - in just four weeks. Project sponsor Singapore Power decided to pay to airfreight the car, buying the team extra time. The black 220kg carbon-fibre car lined with solar cells - nicknamed Phoenix by the students - is now undergoing final tests. The polytechnic will be among 46 teams from 25 countries taking part in the biennial World Solar Challenge, a 3,000km endu...

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