Dutch Team Wins 7th Australian Solar-Powered Car Race

The Nuon team's Nuna 9 auto averaged more than 80 kph (50 mph) to reach the World Solar Challenge finish line in the southern coastal city of Adelaide after five days of racing across 3,022 kilometers (1,878 miles) of Outback highway from Darwin in the north.

Dutch team Nuon Solar has made it three wins in a row at the World Solar Challenge, crossing the finish line first in Adelaide this afternoon.

The Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, entering the lightest vehicle in the field, reached the finish line in 37 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds, according to race organisers.

The team's winning time was 37 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds.

"We're going to celebrate, but first I'm going to take a shower".

Team manager Sander Koot said they changed their strategy and driving style to cope with weather conditions that included wind gusts of up to 60 kmh.

A second Dutch team, Solar Team Twente is likely to finish in fifth place, later on Thursday. This year's race attracted 95 teams from more than 20 countries.

The crews drove between 8am and 5pm each day with seven checkpoints along a route cutting through the heart of Australia's central desert region, to get updates on their standings, the weather, and do basic maintenance.