The 2011 Nuon Solar Team unveiled the Nuna6 at the Amsterdam Westergasfactory. This brand new solar vehicle will be used by the team to compete against 30 teams from across the globe at the World Solar Challenge in Australia.
World Solar Challenge a 1800 mile race through the heart of Australia that has become one of the world’s premiere showcases for these incredibly efficient vehicles and the technologies that underpin them.
Nuna6 is the 145 kg (320 lbs) around 15 kg (33 lbs) lighter than its predecessor Nuna5 and half the weight of the original Nuna which competed in 2001. It is also 40 cm (15 inches) shorter and has 10 percent less air resistance.
Nuon Solar reigned supreme in the World Solar Challenge throughout the noughties, winning four consecutive challenges from 2001 before being pipped by the team from Tokai University in the 2009 race.
Nuna5 achieved an average speed 91.88 km/h (58 mph) in 2009 while Tokai University (which is among the 30-odd competitors entered in this years race) maintained an average speed of 100.54 km/h (62.5) – not bad for vehicles that run on the power of the sun.