Carrera Solar Atacama (CSA) is the first solar powered car competition in Latin America, and will be carried out in the driest desert in the world, with the highest levels of radiation, along an impressive geography.
The official launch of the first solar race in Latin America, was held in October 2009, at the “Salón del Autmóvil”, under the command of Leandro Valencia, the CEO of the NGO La Ruta Solar.
//2011, first version
On september 30th of 2011, eleven teams divided in the categories Hybrid and Evolution, challenged the more arid and dry desert in the world. 1060 kilometers of travel had as winner Antakari Team, for the Evolution Category, and Los Andes Mining Parts Team, for the Hybrid Category.
//2012, second version
In the second version of Carrera Solar Atacama, four days of competition allowed that Antakari, the team commanded by Universidad de La Serena, and Minera Los Pelambres, ratify the winner condition in the Evolution Category 2012; and the first place in the Hybrid Category was the ACAPOMIL team, from the Academia Politécnica Nacional. The tour was of 1200 KM, divided in four stages:
1.- Humberstone – Calama.
2.- Calama – Toconao – San Pedro de Atacama.
3.- Calama – Baquedano.
4.- Salitrera Chacabuco – Humberstone.
//2014, third version
In 2014, in the third version of the “Chilean Ecological Rally”, the Organization propose to set a camp on Parque El Loa, Calama, with the purpose for improving the logistic and communication between for the teams, and also to be a mean of disseminating the race, allowing that the general public may go and see the race vehicles.
Not all competitors could finish the 1400 KM long, and a stiffed competition crowned the world two time champion, Tokai from Japan, and in the Hybrid Category, Geminis Eco Racing Team from Chile.
//2016, fourth version
One of the main modifications incorporated in this edition of the Carrera Solar was the change in regulations for the Hybrid class, we eliminated solar panels in the vehicles and replaced them with external solar charging stations.
The winner of the Evolution class was Solar Ka Antü Newen, from the University of Concepcion, while team Equipo Bolivia retained their first place position in the hybrid category.