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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Pricing & Entry Related

1. How much does it cost to enter the event?

The Ilanga Cup registration fee for the 2021 event is R12,500.00 incl. VAT.

2. What is the cost involved in building a solar car?

The total cost of a solar car project, plus registration could be anything between R200,000.00 – R2,000,000.00. The cost all depends on your solar car design, manufacturing, total number of team members and if you acquire sponsorships.

3. What does the entry fee include?

  • Team Entry fee

  • Team Member Registration fee of up to twenty (20) team members

  • Twenty (20) Awards Ceremony tickets

  • Camping accommodation for up to twenty (20) team members at Red Star Raceway during the event for one (1) night

  • One (1) catered dinner for up to twenty (20) team members on a specified night

4. How will I be advised of a successful entry?

Once registration has been completed and sent to the event organisers, an invoice will be processed and sent to the respective team. A 10% deposit of the full entry fee will be payable immediately upon receipt of the invoice.  The rest of the entry fee will be due on the date stated on the invoice.  Upon receiving the proof of payment from a team, and the funds reflecting in the organisers bank account, teams will get a confirmation email and an introduction to the Communications Team who will further engage each team to create team profiles and social media content.

Team Related

1. What is the minimum and maximum number of people that can be in a team?

Between 10 and 20. Please visit or download the regulations document for in-depth explanation of team members.

2. How many cars/teams can I enter into the event?

The event organisers will confirm a maximum of 15 teams for each individual event. Institutions can enter as many teams as they see fit – however, should the maximum team capacity be reached for the individual event, the organising staff has the authority to replace a 2nd/3rd/etc team from a single institution to make space for other institutions that wants to register.

Solar Car Related

1. Will I be able to use the same car, with modifications, for other solar car events?

Yes. Teams can use the same Solar Car to participate in the Ilanga Cup and Sasol Solar Challenge – teams will only be required to build a new car after their participation in the Sasol Solar Challenge should they want to compete in the Challenger or Cruiser class.

2. Should the car be registered and pass a road test to get a VIN? (Vehicle Identification Number)

The team must have a qualified certifying engineer that is able to certify vehicles to drive on the road.  This is mostly a safety precaution more than a traffic law regulation, seeing as the event takes place on a racetrack.

3. As first-timers, in which class do you recommend entering?

The organising staff would recommend teams to either participate in the Challenger or Cruiser class division. The Adventure Class is a non-competitive division created for hobbyists and self-built vehicle enthusiasts.

4. What are the conditions for the driver of the car?

Drivers need to hold a valid South African driver’s license recognised by the Traffic Department. Drivers should also be 18 year or older. Drivers 16-17 years old with a valid MSA Professional Driver’s License will be allowed to compete in this event – subject to a signed indemnity document from a parent or legal guardian and the Team Manager.

5. Do I need insurance for my solar car/team/individuals?

It is highly encouraged that you acquire insurance for the solar car, team members and anything else you feel is relevant. 

Sponsor Related

1. Could you provide teams with a presentation that we can present to the school board, or other sponsors, or should we design this ourselves?

The organising staff can send you a presentation on request to assist in discussions with the school board, sponsors and/or scholar parents. 

2. When presenting to sponsors, could we have a representative present from your team to ensure any questions are properly answered?

A representative could be arranged – this is subject to availability of the relevant organising staff. 

Safety & Regulations Related

1. Where can we find the safety regulations?

Safety regulations will be published in both the Sporting and Technical Regulations. These safety regulations should be read carefully to ensure each team complies with the regulations and participates in a safe manner.

2. Where can I find the event rules?

The rules of the event will be published in the Sporting Regulations. This document will outline the event and what the restrictions are with regards to team conduct and participation. This document also outlines the penalties and how they are executed.

3. What medical preparation is required?

Teams should do adequate research to ensure they protect themselves against insect bites. Teams residing in South Africa should not have issues with regard to immunizations. Any team member that uses chronic medication should seek their health professional before arriving at the venue. The venue is located quite some distance to the nearest town should you require to visit a pharmacy. The event will have paramedics on-site and/or on call at all times should there be a medical emergency.​

Venue Related

1. Will there be accommodation at the event?

As the Ilanga Cup is a track-based event, accommodation in the form of camping will be available on site which is included in the team entry fee. Should COVID-19 restrictions allow, teams would be allowed to seek accommodation outside of the venue at the discretion of the event organisers.

2. Will there be food/water available at the event?

The venue has the appropriate capacity to serve all teams, volunteers, and staff with adequate hydration and food. Teams will need to budget for this as the event will not be responsible for feeding the teams.  The event organisers will commit to 1 catered dinner, the details of this will be communicated closer to the time.  Teams need to provide lunch and acceptable hydration to their assigned observer for the duration of the event. 

3. Will there be ablution facilities available at the event?

The venue has adequate ablution facilities for both male and female team members. The organising staff will monitor the number of teams, as well as team members to decide if additional ablution facilities should be outsourced.

Other Related

1. Is specific clothing required?

Solar car drivers are required to wear safety and fire protective clothing as defined in the sporting and technical regulations.  All individuals are required to wear closed shoes at all times, especially when in the vicinity of solar cars, pit garages and the racetrack. 

2. Is branding allowed on car/uniforms?

Each team is allowed to brand their vehicle, clothing, and camping areas as they see fit. The Sporting Regulations do require that teams leave certain areas of their solar car unbranded for event branding – this will be provided by the event organisers.

3. Will there be any form of freebies – (t-shirts, sunglasses, water bottles, etc.)?

Nothing has been confirmed as yet.  The event organisers will communicate any changes to teams via a Team Notice. 

4. What is the winner’s prize?

All team members will receive an Ilanga Cup medal for competing in the event. There are restrictions as to what is considered a non-finisher which is published in the Sporting Regulations.  Winners of each class will receive bragging rights; other prizes are at the sole discretion of the event organisers. 

5. How many winners are chosen?

Each solar car class will have a first, second and third podium spot. Class winners are based on the total Km’s the teams rack up over the course of the event. Cruiser class winners will also be judged on practicality, efficiency, and style.  Awards are subject to the number of entrants in each class. 

6. Start and end time of each day?

The start and end date and time can be found in the Sporting Regulations. This is subject to the organisers discretion.