WSC 2013: Friday night

I’ve put together an overall race chart for the World Solar Challenge, based on official timing data [edit: updated chart below]. As before, the chart is relative to a baseline average of 85 km/h (including wait time at checkpoints) or 97 km/h (driving speed) – a speed that would complete the race in 4 days. Cruiser Class entries (shown as dashed lines) are treated exactly as if they were in the Challenger Class, which means that for those cars the chart tells us road position, but is not very helpful on speed. Arrival times can be read off on the right-hand scale. Onda arrived at Finish of Timing just before it closed today!

This chart shows the trouble many teams experienced in the rainy weather on day 5, the battle for 5th place, and the great recovery by Michigan after their crash. In the Cruiser Class, it shows Sunswift’s speed-based strategy, as they sped ahead of Eindhoven and Bochum, who were concentrating on collecting passenger points.

See also solarracing.org for a recap. Or see the story in tweets:

The official video wrap is here:

Tokai, who finished in second place this year, tell their story here:

Eindhoven, who are waiting on final Cruiser Class results, have this to say:

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WSC 2013: Friday morning

It’s now 10:00 AM Darwin time (ACST), and two more cars have completed the World Solar Challenge (Solar Energy Racers and Punch Powertrain). Victory celebrations have been held for 2nd and 3rd place:

I’ve revised the race chart from last night with some current information, and with revised ETAs at the right. The chart is relative to a baseline average of 85 km/h (including wait time at checkpoints) or 97 km/h (driving speed). Cruiser Class entries (shown as dashed lines) are treated exactly as if they were in the Challenger Class, which means that for those cars the chart tells us road position and ETA, but is not very helpful on speed. However, the chart does tell us that virtually all the remaining cars should be arriving this afternoon (in the Adventure Class, Aurora, not shown on the chart, is about 200 km from Adelaide).

The Michigan team have posted a short video about their emergency repair job:

Update 1: Sunswift eVe was first Cruiser over the line at about 11:43, earlier than I expected (and with Aurora, in the Adventure Class, minutes behind):

Update 2: Eindhoven was second Cruiser over the line at about 13:10: