The stakes have been raised for the 2019 Solar Challenge, with students using large 50 watt panels which should add some extra speed and size to the racers.
Wilson Transformer general manager Jon Retford said 12 schools have already signed up to be a part of the challenge's 16th year, with discussions ongoing with a few more.
He said the introduction of the 50 watt panel meant cars should be faster, bigger and better able to tolerate cloud cover, which should make for a fantastic race day.
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"There should be a bit of speed, probably a few accidents and lots of fun," Mr Retford said.
"It's one of the few ways industry gets to connect with students... and students get to see what goes on in manufacturing.
"It's a bit of fun and gives both groups a chance to build a relationship."
Mr Retford said the project gives students the chance to learn about manufacturing.
It's a bit of fun and gives both groups a chance to build a relationship.John Retford
"We get a new group of students every year and we get the chance to...teach them to build something practical and about renewables - which is becoming fashionable."
The 2019 challenge was officially launched on Thursday near Retro Cafe in Wodonga.
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