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Darwin events

Darwin events

Bridgestone Hub: Hidden Valley

Monday 7 October - Saturday 12 October

Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex

9.00am-5.00pm daily

Find out about how Bridgestone uses the World Solar Challenge to improve its tyre products in one of the toughest testing environments possible - the Australian outback! You can meet the teams while they work on their vehicles at Hidden Valley as they build-up to the big start at State Square. 


BWSC Open Day @ The Waterfront

Sunday 6 October

Peninsula Lawns, Darwin Waterfront


Come and visit the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Open Day at the Waterfront for heaps of family fun and the chance to get up close and personal with Bridgestone World Solar Challenge vehicles, enjoy activities in the family zone, learn about everything science and technology in our education zone and learn about the cultures of our international teams at the Team Zone. 

Schedule of events (all events free)
8.00am: Event starts
8.00am - 9.00am: Family-Friendly Yoga Session 
10.00am: Native wildlife presentation
11.00am: Welcome to Country
12.00pm: Q&A with the WorldSolarTeams
1:00pm: Cultural demonstration and activities
2:00pm: Finish

Team Scrutineering: Darwin

Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October

Darwin Convention Centre.

8.00am - 6.00pm daily.*

Team members will be registered, drivers weighed and the solar cars themselves will be presented to the scrutineers for inspection and confirmation of their regulatory compliance and structural integrity.

Vehicles will be progressively dismantled for inspection and reassembled in a ‘production line’ process on the scrutineering floor. The hall is surrounded by a balcony from which a good view of the proceedings can be enjoyed.

*Please note, times for Thursday and Friday may vary.


Dynamic Scrutineering: Hidden Valley

Saturday 12 October

Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex, 7:00am - 1:00pm

One of the few times the solar cars and their teams are in the same place with time to talk.

Following a team briefing, solar cars take to the track individually to complete a series of dynamic tests – steering, braking and performance. The timed ‘hot lap’ will determine their starting position the following day. An electrifying atmosphere, with ideal viewing of ‘pit lane’ from the roof of the garages. 


Official Start: Darwin

Sunday 13 October

State Square Darwin, Sunday 13 October, 4:00am. Departures 8.30am-9.30am.

Before the sun is even up, teams start to assemble in the State Square precinct, where final scrutineering checks are performed.

At 8:30am the Chief Minister will ‘flag off’ the solar cars as they commence their journey south. Solar cars must merge with their support teams once they take to the road – but will all teams enjoy a smooth start?

*The World Solar Challenge organizers may reschedule, change, withdraw events at their discretion.