Based on the official WSC timing data for the World Solar Challenge, I’ve put together some new distance/time graphs. This time, the vertical axis shows the number of hours that cars are running behind an 85 km/h baseline speed. This baseline speed includes wait time at checkpoints (the driving speed is, of course, much faster) and corresponds to completing the race in almost exactly 4 days.
The first graph (click to zoom) shows the top 12 cars in the Challenger Class. Nuon is leading (at pretty much baseline speed now), followed by Tokai, Twente, Stanford, and Punch Powertrain, all of whom have made it at least as far as Glendambo, South Australia. Team Arrow, Blue Sky, Onda, and UWS are trailing behind, but still in the race. The graph shows the various twists and turns of the race fairly well.
In fact, there are now three races in the Challenger Class: the race for first place, the race for third place, and the race to make it to the finish line at all.
The second graph (click to zoom) is for the Cruiser and Adventure Class cars. Sunswift have overtaken Bochum, while Eindhoven have fallen behind, partly because they have been racking up points by carrying four people. I understand that Minnesota and (in the Adventure class) Aurora are still in the race, but I’m uncertain of their precise status.