Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Since 1987 the biennial the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has welcomed bright international minds to South Australia for the chance to travel the outback in a vehicle powered only by the sun.

The BWSC is the world’s leading global solar challenge, showcasing innovation, technology and sustainability.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge hosts teams of secondary and tertiary students from more than 20 countries for an epic 3,000-kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide. Tesla co-founder JB Straubel and Google co-founder Larry Page are among event alumni.

By engineering and building a vehicle with their own hands and powering it across some of the world’s most challenging landscapes, students and their support crews embark on a true adventure.

In 2019 the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge generated $6.12 million in economic impact for South Australia – a 14 per cent increase on 2017 – with 29,979 visitor nights within South Australia attributed to the event.