I like it!
On Day 2 the lead has changed...
View attachment 141369I think Nuon was still ahead at the end of Day 2. But Tokai was very close.
Some great photos on the WSC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WorldSolar...9CwUavz5yd7OcOG35Pw3bTgFKw3ZwaWT0opp2UxAiYrms
The tail on the #11 car looks a lot like a '66 Dodge Charger...
Gen 1 Volts had the option of the Ampera Sport wheels that were probably a bit more aerodynamic than the stock wheels. Has anyone tried to compare the two?Has anyone try to cover the rear wheels of the VOLT?. It will look like a Nash, but will improve the miles per KWhour.!!!
Nuna9 has really stretched out its lead over Novum!!Gen 1 Volts had the option of the Ampera Sport wheels that were probably a bit more aerodynamic than the stock wheels. Has anyone tried to compare the two?
At the end of Day 3, Nuon is still in the lead and has broadened it a bit. U of Michigan in in 2nd place. Team Twente from the Netherlands is in 3rd. Tokai has fallen backwards to #4. Per the map, the three leading teams have already entered South Australia. The next two are very near the border. The Stanford team, from here in the Bay Area, is in 12th place of 15.
In the Cruiser class, #11 from Bochum, Germany is in the lead. They made it past Alice Springs. Most of the other Cruisers seem to be overnighting in Alice.
Look at the Cruiser Class under the Results tab.Nuna9 has really stretched out its lead over Novum!!
What happened to Stella Vie in the Cruiser Class?
Could this have anything to do with it?
The team's 2017 car, Stella Vie, was supposed to arrive in Darwin at the end of August, but a three-and-a-half week delay has put unexpected pressure on the team.
"It took away a lot of our testing time so that's unfortunate," Mr Gubbels said.
I saw the efficiency score...but up to Alice Springs they had been in the physical lead of the cruiser class and now they are second...I was wondering if they had to do some tinkering in Alice Springs before they started out again...Look at the Cruiser Class under the Results tab.
Although Bochum's ahead on the road you can see that the Stella Vie has a much better efficiency score. It's a 5-seater, so it has a lot of passenger-km and they have only used half the external charging energy of Bochum.
Sunraycer arrived in Adelaide on Day 6 in the first race. Interestingly Sunraycer had a 8 sq-meter solar array on it, part silicon and part GaAs. This years cars are only allowed 4 sq-meter Si and 2.7 (IIRC) sq-meter for GaAs. (Cruiser class cars are allowed a little larger solar arrays.) Here is a really good tech description of Sunraycer: http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/605/2/MacCready.pdfshows in the gallery of pics that Nuon won.wonder how its time compares to the Gm car that won.
I enjoy all forms of car racing. But as an unabashed tech nerd, this one has always fascinated me.