Audi displays A3 Cylinder on Demand at 2013 World Solar Challenge
2013 World Solar Challenge ended in Adelaide on October 13, 2013. The challenge saw 40 of the world’s most advanced solar cars compete for 3,000 kms. So what was Audi A3 doing here? Well, Audi A3 led the 40 solar cars from Darwin, and traveled along, till the race ended in Adelaide.
Audi A3 Sportback with COD led off 40 of the world’s most advanced solar cars. It traversed across the humid tropics, through the most challenging of desert conditions and urban driving to demonstrate fuel efficiency and emission saving abilities with a new Cylinder on Demand technology. The Audi A3 averaged 3.8 liters per 100 kms over the 3000 kms (26.31 kmpl) route though it had to face some constraints on its first day due to heavy gale force winds. Air conditioning was on during the 1000 km Darwin to Tennent Creek while the model used 95 RON unleaded petrol throughout the journey.
“It speaks volumes for the real world usability of this vehicle that the team was able to drive such a long distance in comfort and with confidence,” Audi Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Doyle said to The Motor Report. “Even with a high average speed, sometimes challenging climatic conditions, and a two-person driving team, Audi’s advanced fuel-saving technology works well and delivers results.”