World Solar Challenge: State of Play #2

Given the popularity of the previous summary page in this format, here is an updated overall view of current team status for the World Solar Challenge, not including teams that have withdrawn (PI #6 and KL Uni #37). All but 8 teams are now in Australia (or at least in transit), mostly testing their cars and/or reconnoitring the race route.

This list is intended mostly for people who have not been following my regular updates and those of MostDece. It brings together new information from my country and status list and my individual team profiles (which are accessible by clicking on the icons below). The social media icons are clickable too, and have mouseover text explaining what they are. The pictures have mostly been updated as well, just for a bit of variety. See also my WSC wall charts of teams.

CHALLENGER CLASS

2 University of Michigan

Team 2 is from the USA and their car, Aurum, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 9th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013 and 1st at Abu Dhabi. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. You can also follow them via their digital gateway at umicheng.in/solar25.

3 Nuon Solar Team

Team 3 is from the Netherlands and their car, Nuna8, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 1st in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They will also be posting videos on Ubideo (which is great, but kind of sad for those with Windows phones).

4 Universidad de La Serena – Minera Los Pelambres

Team 4 is from Chile and their car, Intikallpa IV, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They have been rather quiet online, and their status is uncertain. Indeed, no photographs of a car have yet appeared. Given the earthquake and tsunami in their region last month, we hope that they are all OK.

5 EAFIT-EPM Solar Car Team

Team 5 is from Colombia and their car, Primavera, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 13th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Team 7 is from the USA and their car, Arcturus, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

8 Punch Powertrain Solar Team

Team 8 is from Belgium and their car, Punch One, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 6th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013 and 3rd at Abu Dhabi. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They are tweeting with the hashtag #PPST08.

9 Adelaide University

Team 9 is from Australia and their car, Lumen, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

10 Tokai University

Team 10 is from Japan and their car, Tokai Challenger, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 2nd in the Challenger class at WSC 2013 and 7th at Abu Dhabi. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

12 Cambridge University

Team 12 is from the United Kingdom and their unusual car, Evolution, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. There is a lot of interest in how their unusual teardrop-shaped car will perform. They are blogging at www.cuer.co.uk/follow.

13 Western Sydney U Solar Car Project

Team 13 is from Australia and their car, Unlimited, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 11th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

14 University of KwaZulu-Natal

Team 14 is from South Africa and their car, Hulamin, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They also have a newly-created blog at ukznsolarcar.blogspot.com.

15 Dokuz Eylül University

Team 15 is from Turkey and their car, DesTech Solaris, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

16 Stanford Solar Car Project

Team 16 is from the USA and their car, Arctan, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 4th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

17 North West University

Team 17 is from South Africa and their car, Sirius X25, is entered in the Challenger class. Although their car has already arrived in Sydney, team members are still in transit. Meanwhile, they are posting a series of really neat infographics about the race.

18 MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton

Team 18 is from Malaysia and their car, Stingray, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

21 Solar Team Twente

Team 21 is from the Netherlands and their car, Red One, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 3rd in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They have revealed that, like Tokai, their car has 4-wheel steering. Some team members do additional blogging (in Dutch) at sax.nu/blog.

22 Siam Technology College

Team 22 is from Thailand and their car, STC-1, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

23 Kecskemét College Faculty of GAMF

Team 23 is from Hungary and their car, MegaLux, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They are new to the WSC, but are widely expected to do well.

25 Goko High School

Team 25 is from Japan and their car, Musoushin, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They came 5th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. There has been no word from them so far on shipping or travel. There has been some confusion about this team, because Goko High School actually runs two separate solar cars. The one competing at WSC 2015 is the one shown here, not the one on the Facebook page.

26 Durham University

Team 26 is from the United Kingdom and their car, DUSC2015, is entered in the Challenger class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

27 R.V. College of Engineering

Team 27 is from India and their car, Soleblaze, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They have been rather quiet online, and their status is uncertain. Indeed, their website appears to have been taken down, which is a bad sign. No photographs of a car have yet appeared.

30 Clenergy Team Arrow

Team 30 is from Australia and their car, Arrow1, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 7th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013 and 5th at Abu Dhabi. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

32 Principia Solar Car Team

Team 32 is from the USA and their car, Ra 9, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 6th at Abu Dhabi. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

36 Anadolu Solar Team

Team 36 is from Turkey and their car, Sunatolia 2, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

46 JU Solar Team

Team 46 is from Sweden and their car, SOLBRITT, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 20th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

47 Nagoya Institute of Technology

Team 47 is from Japan and their car, Horizon Z, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. I understand that their car has already been sent to Australia, but I’m not sure when the team will join it.

51 Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Team 51 is from Japan and their car, Golden Eagle 5.1, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 12th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

77 University of Toronto / Blue Sky

Team 77 is from Canada and their car, Horizon, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 8th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

80 Beijing Institute of Technology

Team 80 is from China and their car, Sun Shuttle, is entered in the Challenger class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 19th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. There has been no word from them so far on shipping or travel. Indeed, they have no online presence at all, and their status is therefore somewhat uncertain, although a photograph of their vehicle is in circulation.

82 Kookmin University Solar Team

Team 82 is from Korea and their car, Baek-Ho, is entered in the Challenger class. They were 15th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

CRUISER CLASS

11 Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Team 11 is from Germany and their car, SunRiser, is entered in the Cruiser class. They came 2nd in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. They had their own GPS tracker for the road trip to Darwin.

24 Istanbul Technical University

Team 24 is from Turkey and their car, Aruna, is entered in the Cruiser class. They were 17th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. There has been no word from them so far on shipping or travel.

28 Singapore Polytechnic

Team 28 is from Singapore and their car, SunSPEC4, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 16th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. Their car was damaged in a fire in August, but they bravely rebuilt their car.

31 Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Team 31 is from Indonesia and their car, Widya Wahana V, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 21st in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They have reported travel plans for the team.

33 Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

Team 33 is from Hong Kong and their car, Sophie V, is entered in the Cruiser class. Their car has already been sent to Australia, and they have flown out to join it.

35 University of Minnesota

Team 35 is from the USA and their car, Eos, is entered in the Cruiser class. They came 4th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

38 University of Tehran

Team 38 is from Iran and their interesting car, Persian Gazelle III, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have already sent off their car to Australia, and will be joining it soon. Their somewhat controversial vehicle looks more like a Challenger-class car than a traditional Cruiser.

40 Solar Team Eindhoven

Team 40 is from the Netherlands and their car, Stella Lux, is entered in the Cruiser class. They won the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

43 Ardingly College

Team 43 is from the United Kingdom and their car, Ardingly Solar Car, is entered in the Cruiser class. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. A five-student team plans to arrive in Australia just before the race. They report a top speed of 82 km/h for their car, which has cleared Customs in Australia. The team has been covered by the BBC. For some reason, they have a second active Twitter account at @ArdinglySolar1. They also have a new WordPress blog.

45 KGHM Lodz Solar Team

Team 45 is from Poland and their car, Eagle One, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

75 University of New South Wales / Sunswift

Team 75 is from Australia and their car, eVe, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They crossed the finish line first of the Cruiser class at WSC 2013, but came 3rd on points. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to.

88 Kogakuin University

Team 88 is from Japan and their streamlined car, OWL, is entered in the Cruiser class. They have sponsorship from Bridgestone. They were 14th in the Challenger class at WSC 2013. They are currently in Australia. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. Blogger MostDece is picking this team as Cruiser class favourites.

ADVENTURE CLASS

20 Houston School District

Team 20 is from the USA and their car, Sundancer, is entered in the Adventure class. An adult advance team flew in early to truck their car to Darwin, with the students joining them there just before the race.

34 Liberty Christian School

Team 34 is from the USA and their car, Solis Bellator, is entered in the Adventure class. An adult advance team flew in early, with the students joining them on October 8.

42 TAFE SA

Team 42 is from Australia and their car, Solar Spirit, is entered in the Adventure class. They came 7th in the Cruiser class at WSC 2013. Click the social media icons to see what they are up to. A digital journalist will travel with them during the race.

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