Solar Hybrid XR2 Wins Race
College in South
Solar/HPV Hybrid XR2 and
Wins First Place in Category in
2001 Australian World Solar Cycle Challenge
Solar Cycle team at Prince Alfred College in South Australia built a
hybrid XR2 for competition. In its first race, the
Australian World Solar Cycle Challenge
2001, the XR2 took first place in "B-Class" and third place overall.
B-Class is a category for unfaired recumbent bicycles (open-bodied, no
aerodynamic fairing). Teams that beat the XR2 in overall standings were
running fully-faired recumbents. The riders who piloted the unfaired
XR2 to victory were untrained high school cyclists. Average speed over
the 1553 km course was 41.1 km/h for the XR2. The two fully-faired
recumbents averaged 42.5 and 41.5 km/h respectively over the same
Solar cycles are raced in various parts of the world, including
Australia, Japan, USA, South Africa, and Malaysia. Solar cycles are
hybrid vehicles powered by a combination of human power and power from
Paul Balestrin, head of the project, reported after the first
trial runs just prior to the race: 'The performance is great.....
When they (the students) tried the motor for the first time the
acceleration and ease at which speed can be maintained is superb."
After winning the race, Paul writes: "The XR2 was the most talked
about bike by the teams and crowds. It certainly broke the mold for
traditional solar cycles."
Way to go team!