38 University of Tehran Solar Car Team (Persian Gazelle III)
The team from the University of Tehran has been racing Persian Gazelles since 2006, and participated in the 2011 WSC. This year, they are in the Cruiser class. They seem to have just finished building a very unusual vehicle – it looks more like a Challenger class entry, but with a passenger seat behind the driver.
This does not seem to me to be quite in keeping with the spirit of the Cruiser class, but it does seem to be within the rules. The car will probably do relatively poorly on practicality judging, but given the 2015 scoring changes (speed component increased from 56.6% to 70%, practicality component decreased from 18.9% to 10%) that no longer matters. Should they win, however, that would almost certainly lead to complaints from the other Cruiser class teams and inevitable further rule changes.
But can they win? Let’s assume that they were entered in the 2013 Cruiser class against Stella and Sunswift’s eVe. Let’s assume further that they ran at the speed of Twente’s Red Engine (which is at least aerodynamically plausible) with no external recharging; that they carried no passenger; that they received a practicality score of zero; that the 2015 scoring rules were applied; and that eVe’s practicality score was increased to that of Stella. In that case, Persian Gazelle III would have won comfortably, with Stella coming second, and eVe third:
|Total Score||Speed||Practicality||Person-km||External Energy|
|84.18% =||65.43% +||10% +||5% +||3.75%|
|83.65% =||68.24% +||10% +||1.66% +||3.75%|
|Persian Gazelle III||–||79.7||0||3022||1|
|86.66% =||70% +||0% +||1.66% +||15%|
Now some of those assumptions are unrealistic, and anything can happen. But it certainly does make the race even more interesting!
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