World Solar Challenge: top 5 teams reach Dunmarra

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 16:35 Sunday October 18 (Darwin time).

Calculated road distances are approximate, based on interpolation between towns. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays (consequently the distance for Team Arrow is a guesstimate, although they were in fact just after Stanford at Katherine). Michigan, Tokai, Nuon, Twente, and Punch have now reached Dunmarra (633 km from Darwin). Michigan still leads. Twente were happy to be in second place, although Tokai has now passed them, and Nuon as well. Punch is fifth. Western Sydney are running well, and Lodz were looking good at Katherine, but Ardingly has had problems. All the teams have had a taste of fire.

The tracker for team 12 (Cambridge) is not working, although they are on the road. Durham trailered to Katherine to do repairs at the hottest spot on the road. See the tracker page for continued updates, although cars stopped for the night at 5pm Darwin time.

3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) Approx 633 km from Darwin 82 km/h (Adjusted 633 km from Darwin)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 0 km behind Nuon 83 km/h (0 km behind Nuon)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 0 km behind Nuon 79 km/h (0 km behind Nuon)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 0 km behind Nuon 80 km/h (0 km behind Nuon)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 0 km behind Nuon 80 km/h (0 km behind Nuon)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 83 km behind Nuon 76 km/h (31 km behind Nuon)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 39 km behind Nuon 76 km/h (32 km behind Nuon)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 521 km behind Nuon 73 km/h (47 km behind Nuon)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 67 km behind Nuon 72 km/h (59 km behind Nuon)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 94 km behind Nuon 72 km/h (83 km behind Nuon)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 94 km behind Nuon 71 km/h (83 km behind Nuon)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 118 km behind Nuon 68 km/h (105 km behind Nuon)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 120 km behind Nuon 65 km/h (111 km behind Nuon)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 133 km behind Nuon 65 km/h (125 km behind Nuon)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 143 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (139 km behind Nuon)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 161 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (145 km behind Nuon)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 161 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (154 km behind Nuon)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 172 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (166 km behind Nuon)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 180 km behind Nuon 60 km/h (172 km behind Nuon)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 196 km behind Nuon 57 km/h (189 km behind Nuon)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 190 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (190 km behind Nuon)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 197 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (195 km behind Nuon)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 215 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (204 km behind Nuon)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 223 km behind Nuon 54 km/h (212 km behind Nuon)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 232 km behind Nuon 54 km/h (224 km behind Nuon)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 241 km behind Nuon 52 km/h (234 km behind Nuon)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 248 km behind Nuon 51 km/h (237 km behind Nuon)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 253 km behind Nuon 53 km/h (238 km behind Nuon)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 297 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (288 km behind Nuon)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 300 km behind Nuon 46 km/h (294 km behind Nuon)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 298 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (295 km behind Nuon)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 298 km behind Nuon 45 km/h (295 km behind Nuon)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 311 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (311 km behind Nuon)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 317 km behind Nuon 42 km/h (314 km behind Nuon)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 326 km behind Nuon 42 km/h (320 km behind Nuon)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 338 km behind Nuon 41 km/h (331 km behind Nuon)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 373 km behind Nuon 40 km/h (333 km behind Nuon)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 352 km behind Nuon 38 km/h (346 km behind Nuon)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 356 km behind Nuon 38 km/h (348 km behind Nuon)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 376 km behind Nuon 33 km/h (373 km behind Nuon)
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 618 km behind Nuon 0 km/h

World Solar Challenge: Kogakuin vs Eindhoven

Here are the World Solar Challenge race positions as at 15:14 Sunday October 18 (Darwin time). Calculated road distances are approximate, based on interpolation between towns. The second road distance shown is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays (consequently the distance for Team Arrow is a guesstimate, although they were in fact just after Stanford at Katherine). Kogakuin is ahead of Eindhoven in the Cruiser class, while Sunswift recently reached Katherine.

The tracker for team 12 (Cambridge) seems not to be working. Durham is trailering to Katherine rather than racing. See the tracker page for continued updates.

2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) Approx 542 km from Darwin 81 km/h (Adjusted 544 km from Darwin)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 13 km behind Michigan 82 km/h (7 km behind Michigan)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 10 km behind Michigan 80 km/h (12 km behind Michigan)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 21 km behind Michigan 82 km/h (16 km behind Michigan)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 28 km behind Michigan 78 km/h (23 km behind Michigan)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 78 km behind Michigan 75 km/h (54 km behind Michigan)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 60 km behind Michigan 75 km/h (55 km behind Michigan)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 430 km behind Michigan 73 km/h (55 km behind Michigan)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 82 km behind Michigan 70 km/h (77 km behind Michigan)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 111 km behind Michigan 70 km/h (102 km behind Michigan)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 113 km behind Michigan 69 km/h (104 km behind Michigan)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 140 km behind Michigan 66 km/h (119 km behind Michigan)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 130 km behind Michigan 62 km/h (124 km behind Michigan)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 138 km behind Michigan 63 km/h (137 km behind Michigan)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 145 km behind Michigan 63 km/h (139 km behind Michigan)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 153 km behind Michigan 63 km/h (148 km behind Michigan)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 166 km behind Michigan 61 km/h (153 km behind Michigan)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 163 km behind Michigan 58 km/h (159 km behind Michigan)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 179 km behind Michigan 59 km/h (173 km behind Michigan)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 175 km behind Michigan 56 km/h (174 km behind Michigan)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 174 km behind Michigan 55 km/h (175 km behind Michigan)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 196 km behind Michigan 55 km/h (191 km behind Michigan)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 203 km behind Michigan 53 km/h (203 km behind Michigan)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 228 km behind Michigan 55 km/h (204 km behind Michigan)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 206 km behind Michigan 52 km/h (206 km behind Michigan)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 220 km behind Michigan 54 km/h (213 km behind Michigan)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 220 km behind Michigan 52 km/h (215 km behind Michigan)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 217 km behind Michigan 50 km/h (216 km behind Michigan)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 220 km behind Michigan 54 km/h (217 km behind Michigan)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 220 km behind Michigan 50 km/h (220 km behind Michigan)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 227 km behind Michigan 51 km/h (224 km behind Michigan)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 228 km behind Michigan 52 km/h (226 km behind Michigan)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 253 km behind Michigan 48 km/h (249 km behind Michigan)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 262 km behind Michigan 46 km/h (261 km behind Michigan)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 271 km behind Michigan 45 km/h (266 km behind Michigan)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 285 km behind Michigan 39 km/h (284 km behind Michigan)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 312 km behind Michigan 38 km/h (309 km behind Michigan)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 326 km behind Michigan 36 km/h (326 km behind Michigan)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 345 km behind Michigan 34 km/h (331 km behind Michigan)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 360 km behind Michigan 31 km/h (357 km behind Michigan)
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 528 km behind Michigan 0 km/h

World Solar Challenge: Michigan leads the way

Here are the World Solar Challenge race positions as at 13:38 Sunday October 18 (Darwin time). Punch Powertrain lost the lead due to a flat tire, so that Michigan were first at the Katherine control stop (322 km from Darwin), and Nuon fifth. Indeed, my five Challenger favourites were the first five cars in, with my top dark horse sixth.

Calculated road distances are approximate, and are mostly too low due to GPS update delays. The tracker for team 12 (Cambridge) seems not to be working, and Ardingly report several mishaps. Durham is trailering to Katherine. See the tracker page for continued updates.

2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) Approx 397 km from Darwin (5 mins GPS delay)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 17 km behind Michigan (9 mins GPS delay)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 38 km behind Michigan (9 mins GPS delay)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 39 km behind Michigan (24 mins GPS delay)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 48 km behind Michigan (18 mins GPS delay)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 50 km behind Michigan (9 mins GPS delay)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 71 km behind Michigan (20 mins GPS delay)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 71 km behind Michigan (19 mins GPS delay)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 74 km behind Michigan
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 75 km behind Michigan (54 mins GPS delay)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 75 km behind Michigan (21 mins GPS delay)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 75 km behind Michigan (13 mins GPS delay)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 75 km behind Michigan (7 mins GPS delay)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 83 km behind Michigan (2 mins GPS delay)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 84 km behind Michigan (4 mins GPS delay)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 85 km behind Michigan (10 mins GPS delay)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 86 km behind Michigan (8 mins GPS delay)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 94 km behind Michigan (35 mins GPS delay)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 94 km behind Michigan (10 mins GPS delay)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 109 km behind Michigan (10 mins GPS delay)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 112 km behind Michigan (24 mins GPS delay)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 120 km behind Michigan (10 mins GPS delay)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 124 km behind Michigan (15 mins GPS delay)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 127 km behind Michigan (2 mins GPS delay)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 129 km behind Michigan (1 mins GPS delay)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 136 km behind Michigan (6 mins GPS delay)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 169 km behind Michigan (19 mins GPS delay)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 170 km behind Michigan (10 mins GPS delay)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 175 km behind Michigan (2 mins GPS delay)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 189 km behind Michigan (3 mins GPS delay)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 206 km behind Michigan (27 mins GPS delay)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 214 km behind Michigan (39 mins GPS delay)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 221 km behind Michigan (8 mins GPS delay)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 236 km behind Michigan (27 mins GPS delay)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 239 km behind Michigan (5 mins GPS delay)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 263 km behind Michigan (11 mins GPS delay)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 285 km behind Michigan (215 mins GPS delay)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 307 km behind Michigan (24 mins GPS delay)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 315 km behind Michigan (141 mins GPS delay)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 329 km behind Michigan (3 mins GPS delay)
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 383 km behind Michigan (258 mins GPS delay)

World Solar Challenge: battle for the lead

The World Solar Challenge is on! Here are the race positions as at 11:39 Sunday October 18 (Darwin time). Punch Powertrain and Michigan are dueling for the lead.

Calculated road distances are approximate, and are mostly too low due to GPS update delays. See the tracker page for continued updates. Team 27 (RVCE) has been a late withdrawal. Team 26 (Durham) is trailering to Katherine rather than racing, due to technical difficulties.

8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) Approx 269 km from Darwin
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 0 km behind Punch
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 11 km behind Punch
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 18 km behind Punch
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 33 km behind Punch
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 39 km behind Punch
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 39 km behind Punch
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 53 km behind Punch
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 63 km behind Punch
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 71 km behind Punch
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 79 km behind Punch
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 81 km behind Punch
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 87 km behind Punch
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 87 km behind Punch
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 88 km behind Punch
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 90 km behind Punch
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 94 km behind Punch
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 94 km behind Punch
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 97 km behind Punch
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 101 km behind Punch
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 101 km behind Punch
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 102 km behind Punch
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 102 km behind Punch
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 110 km behind Punch
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 114 km behind Punch
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 119 km behind Punch
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 124 km behind Punch
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 135 km behind Punch
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 137 km behind Punch
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 140 km behind Punch
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 142 km behind Punch
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 155 km behind Punch
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 155 km behind Punch
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 160 km behind Punch
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 185 km behind Punch
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 185 km behind Punch
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 204 km behind Punch
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 240 km behind Punch
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 242 km behind Punch
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 254 km behind Punch