12 Feb 2021

The 16th edition of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will not go ahead from 22-30 October this year.

The decision to cancel has followed extensive consideration of all possibilities for staging the next event. Despite our best efforts and extensive scenario planning, the complexities of international border closures and bringing in such a large number of participants have prompted this difficult decision.

It is important for the event to provide certainty for teams as soon as possible due to the long lead times and logistical requirements associated with participants and cars travelling to Australia.

We are now considering alternative options to engage registered Bridgestone World Solar Challenge teams later this year.

“We are deeply disappointed for the dedicated group of university students who hoped to join us for the 2021 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We know how hard they have worked towards this goal and are determined to recognise their efforts. We will continue to work with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge community on virtual initiatives to showcase the solar vehicles currently under construction."

Hitaf Rasheed, Events South Australia Executive Director

“Our event thrives on the optimism and ingenuity of the students who take part. The importance of refining electric vehicles and their associated technologies has never been greater – and we want to honour everyone working so diligently in pursuit of that goal. We understand this news will be taken hard.”

Chris Selwood AM, Event Director

We thank our commercial partners – particularly Bridgestone Corporation and the Northern Territory Government – for their ongoing support.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is next scheduled to take place in October 2023.