World Solar Challenge: Night-time

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 20:35 Monday October 19 (Darwin time) – the evening of Day 2.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between towns, and reflect the current positions as teams camp for the night, rather than the furthest point reached in the race. The leaders are Twente (21), Nuon (3), Michigan (2), Tokai (10), and Punch (8), in that order. Tokai and Punch are actually camped at the same spot. At this stage of the game, a few teams have trailered, including Solaris (15), NWU (17), and the troubled Durham (26) in the Challenger class; ITS (31) and Tehran (38) in the Cruiser class; and Liberty (34) and TAFE SA (42) in the Adventure class. Ardingly (43) may also have trailered, given their multiple crises.The background image this evening is the night-time satellite image I discussed last month. Visible patches of light are towns or mining operations. Below the table, I work through another pair of line charts of GPS positions. For tomorrow, there is cloud and rain forecast from Alice Springs southwards, which will slow down the race leaders, while the tail-end cars enjoy plenty of sunshine.


As the shadows lengthen, Twente gets ready to set up camp for the night, and Michigan does static charging (click for credits and full-size images)

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 1430 km from Darwin
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 1419 km from Darwin
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 1415 km from Darwin
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 1393 km from Darwin
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 1374 km from Darwin
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 1277 km from Darwin
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 1246 km from Darwin
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 1216 km from Darwin
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 1211 km from Darwin
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 1211 km from Darwin
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 1170 km from Darwin
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 1164 km from Darwin
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 1119 km from Darwin
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 1102 km from Darwin
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 1093 km from Darwin
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 1083 km from Darwin (Trailered)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 1077 km from Darwin
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 988 km from Darwin
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 988 km from Darwin
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 988 km from Darwin
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 988 km from Darwin
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 986 km from Darwin (Trailered)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 986 km from Darwin
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 980 km from Darwin
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 977 km from Darwin
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 977 km from Darwin
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 902 km from Darwin
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 882 km from Darwin
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 874 km from Darwin
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 827 km from Darwin
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 827 km from Darwin
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 827 km from Darwin
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 777 km from Darwin
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 726 km from Darwin (Trailered)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 722 km from Darwin
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 713 km from Darwin
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 712 km from Darwin
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 633 km from Darwin (Trailered)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 633 km from Darwin (Trailered)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 633 km from Darwin
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 633 km from Darwin (Trailered)

In the Challenger class, the leading pack of five have started to spread out a little (Michigan is blogging about the race at umsolar25.tumblr.com). Stanford (16) has edged ahead of Kecskemét (23), to take sixth place. Arrow (30) is eighth. EAFIT (5) and Western Sydney (13) have been duelling for ninth place. Blue Sky (77) is eleventh, while UKZN (14) and Goko High School (25) have been fighting for twelfth. The grey line for Nagoya (47) shows a lengthy stop after Dunmarra, suggesting a serious problem (update: apparently a strong wind tore the top off their car). Jönköping University (46) is just ahead of Nagoya, with Kanazawa (51) behind. The swift dotted line for EcoPhoton (18) suggests trailering, but Principia (32), Anadolu (36), KUST (82), Cambridge (12), Adelaide (9), and Beijing (80) still seem to be in the race. MIT (7) looks to have stopped, and Siam (22) seems to have lost tracking at Dunmarra. Principia, by the way, have several nice photos in their Picasa album.

In the Cruiser class, Eindhoven (40) have been running at the same speed as Kogakuin (88), neither gaining nor falling behind. However, as their short English-language video explains, they carried a passenger. Bochum (11), Minnesota (35), and Sunswift (75) also maintained formation, while the green line for Ardingly (43) is moving up so fast that they must either be trailered or be burning rocket fuel. The red and dark grey lines for Lodz (45) and HK IVE (33), on the other hand, have fallen back to meet Singapore (28). Lodz just seems to be running more slowly, but HK IVE were stopped at Dunmarra for several hours, suggesting a repair job of some kind (update: confirmed on Facebook). Since the timing board does not give them credit for reaching Dunmarra, they may also have trailered. In the Adventure class, Houston (20) are the only non-trailered team. Although it’s not shown on the timing board, they seem to have reached Dunmarra just before closing time at 15:00.

Looking back to yesterday, Bochum posted a nice summary video. Eindhoven also summarised Day 1 in a Dutch video, but did not explain what yesterday’s problem was – at the time they decided not to waste too much time diagnosing it, and just ran on their one working motor. Either they have fixed it now, or one motor is enough to keep up with Kogakuin. Other Day 1 stories were posted by Stanford (blog) and Kogakuin (video).


Principia sets up tents and relaxes for the night (click for credits and full-size images). Good night to all the teams!


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World Solar Challenge: Twente-One

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 13:40 Monday October 19 (Darwin time) – Day 2 of the race.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between towns. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. The lead teams have cleared Tennant Creek, although some of them have had to serve penalties. At the rear of the pack, some cars will probably not reach Dunmarra before it closes at 15:00, and EcoPhoton posted a picture of apparent problems. In the centre, the two South African teams are still keeping each other company. See the tracker page and timing board for continued updates.

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) Approx 1151 km from Darwin 91 km/h (Adjusted 1159 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 19 km behind Twente 91 km/h (12 km behind Twente)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 26 km behind Twente 90 km/h (24 km behind Twente)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 29 km behind Twente 89 km/h (37 km behind Twente)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 36 km behind Twente 88 km/h (44 km behind Twente)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 136 km behind Twente 81 km/h (130 km behind Twente)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 163 km behind Twente 77 km/h (171 km behind Twente)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 163 km behind Twente 75 km/h (171 km behind Twente)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 163 km behind Twente 75 km/h (171 km behind Twente)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 185 km behind Twente 73 km/h (193 km behind Twente)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 207 km behind Twente 72 km/h (213 km behind Twente)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 234 km behind Twente 70 km/h (237 km behind Twente)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 268 km behind Twente 68 km/h (268 km behind Twente)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 270 km behind Twente 68 km/h (270 km behind Twente)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 286 km behind Twente 66 km/h (288 km behind Twente)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 325 km behind Twente 63 km/h (329 km behind Twente)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 342 km behind Twente 62 km/h (343 km behind Twente)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 355 km behind Twente 61 km/h (355 km behind Twente)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 376 km behind Twente 59 km/h (382 km behind Twente)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 381 km behind Twente 59 km/h (386 km behind Twente)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 403 km behind Twente 57 km/h (402 km behind Twente)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 404 km behind Twente 57 km/h (411 km behind Twente)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 435 km behind Twente 55 km/h (437 km behind Twente)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 440 km behind Twente 55 km/h (441 km behind Twente)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 462 km behind Twente 53 km/h (462 km behind Twente)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 473 km behind Twente 52 km/h (480 km behind Twente)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 487 km behind Twente 51 km/h (487 km behind Twente)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 485 km behind Twente 51 km/h (488 km behind Twente)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 506 km behind Twente 49 km/h (514 km behind Twente)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 513 km behind Twente 49 km/h (519 km behind Twente)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 518 km behind Twente 49 km/h (526 km behind Twente)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 518 km behind Twente 77 km/h (526 km behind Twente)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 518 km behind Twente 48 km/h (526 km behind Twente)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 518 km behind Twente 49 km/h (526 km behind Twente)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 554 km behind Twente 44 km/h (560 km behind Twente)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 565 km behind Twente 44 km/h (561 km behind Twente)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 559 km behind Twente 44 km/h (562 km behind Twente)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 618 km behind Twente 42 km/h (589 km behind Twente)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 634 km behind Twente 38 km/h (636 km behind Twente)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 646 km behind Twente 37 km/h (648 km behind Twente)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 787 km behind Twente 31 km/h (731 km behind Twente)

World Solar Challenge: On to Tennant Creek

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 10:30 Monday October 19 (Darwin time) (Day 2).

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between towns. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. Twente have taken the lead, and are speeding down the road. Nuon have posted a video of one of the less glamorous support jobs – removing roadkill from the road. Team Arrow have gotten their GPS tracker to work, and are doing OK. The lead teams are closing in on Tennant Creek, and Michigan has made some excellent illustrated blog posts. See the tracker page for continued updates.

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) Approx 891 km from Darwin 90 km/h (Adjusted 899 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 11 km behind Twente 89 km/h (5 km behind Twente)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 0 km behind Twente 89 km/h (8 km behind Twente)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 13 km behind Twente 89 km/h (10 km behind Twente)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 32 km behind Twente 87 km/h (28 km behind Twente)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 87 km behind Twente 80 km/h (95 km behind Twente)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 117 km behind Twente 78 km/h (121 km behind Twente)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 126 km behind Twente 77 km/h (134 km behind Twente)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 170 km behind Twente 75 km/h (147 km behind Twente)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 156 km behind Twente 74 km/h (159 km behind Twente)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 182 km behind Twente 71 km/h (189 km behind Twente)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 194 km behind Twente 70 km/h (200 km behind Twente)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 214 km behind Twente 69 km/h (213 km behind Twente)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 239 km behind Twente 66 km/h (241 km behind Twente)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 252 km behind Twente 65 km/h (250 km behind Twente)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 252 km behind Twente 65 km/h (252 km behind Twente)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 258 km behind Twente 77 km/h (266 km behind Twente)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 258 km behind Twente 61 km/h (266 km behind Twente)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 269 km behind Twente 60 km/h (268 km behind Twente)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 274 km behind Twente 60 km/h (270 km behind Twente)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 278 km behind Twente 59 km/h (284 km behind Twente)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 294 km behind Twente 57 km/h (298 km behind Twente)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 320 km behind Twente 55 km/h (319 km behind Twente)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 328 km behind Twente 54 km/h (330 km behind Twente)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 345 km behind Twente 53 km/h (346 km behind Twente)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 355 km behind Twente 52 km/h (354 km behind Twente)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 358 km behind Twente 52 km/h (354 km behind Twente)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 360 km behind Twente 51 km/h (365 km behind Twente)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 366 km behind Twente 51 km/h (366 km behind Twente)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 378 km behind Twente 49 km/h (385 km behind Twente)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 397 km behind Twente 48 km/h (398 km behind Twente)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 405 km behind Twente 47 km/h (409 km behind Twente)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 422 km behind Twente 45 km/h (425 km behind Twente)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 430 km behind Twente 45 km/h (430 km behind Twente)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 427 km behind Twente 44 km/h (432 km behind Twente)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 469 km behind Twente 41 km/h (470 km behind Twente)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 479 km behind Twente 40 km/h (476 km behind Twente)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 527 km behind Twente 38 km/h (502 km behind Twente)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 531 km behind Twente 35 km/h (534 km behind Twente)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 542 km behind Twente 34 km/h (546 km behind Twente)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 577 km behind Twente 31 km/h (558 km behind Twente)
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 877 km behind Twente 0 km/h (885 km behind Twente)

World Solar Challenge: Morning, Day 2

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 08:44 Monday October 19 (Darwin time) (Day 2).

Calculated road distances are approximate, based on interpolation between towns. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. Twente has just overtaken Nuon, but apparently not for long. See the tracker page for continued updates, and social media (Punch have just tweeted a video).

2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) Approx 725 km from Darwin 88 km/h (Adjusted 726 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 6 km behind Michigan 88 km/h (2 km behind Michigan)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 15 km behind Michigan 88 km/h (3 km behind Michigan)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 11 km behind Michigan 87 km/h (7 km behind Michigan)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 30 km behind Michigan 85 km/h (26 km behind Michigan)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 59 km behind Michigan 81 km/h (61 km behind Michigan)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 86 km behind Michigan 80 km/h (71 km behind Michigan)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 106 km behind Michigan 73 km/h (86 km behind Michigan)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 92 km behind Michigan 77 km/h (93 km behind Michigan)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 104 km behind Michigan 72 km/h (95 km behind Michigan)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 120 km behind Michigan 70 km/h (116 km behind Michigan)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 127 km behind Michigan 69 km/h (125 km behind Michigan)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 139 km behind Michigan 68 km/h (135 km behind Michigan)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 180 km behind Michigan 65 km/h (161 km behind Michigan)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 168 km behind Michigan 64 km/h (167 km behind Michigan)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 169 km behind Michigan 64 km/h (169 km behind Michigan)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 198 km behind Michigan 61 km/h (194 km behind Michigan)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 211 km behind Michigan 59 km/h (210 km behind Michigan)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 216 km behind Michigan 58 km/h (216 km behind Michigan)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 230 km behind Michigan 57 km/h (225 km behind Michigan)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 231 km behind Michigan 57 km/h (229 km behind Michigan)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 250 km behind Michigan 55 km/h (244 km behind Michigan)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 250 km behind Michigan 55 km/h (244 km behind Michigan)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 255 km behind Michigan 54 km/h (257 km behind Michigan)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 260 km behind Michigan 53 km/h (259 km behind Michigan)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 263 km behind Michigan 53 km/h (262 km behind Michigan)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 287 km behind Michigan 50 km/h (286 km behind Michigan)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 303 km behind Michigan 49 km/h (298 km behind Michigan)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 304 km behind Michigan 49 km/h (302 km behind Michigan)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 303 km behind Michigan 49 km/h (302 km behind Michigan)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 326 km behind Michigan 46 km/h (327 km behind Michigan)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 333 km behind Michigan 46 km/h (329 km behind Michigan)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 359 km behind Michigan 42 km/h (356 km behind Michigan)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 361 km behind Michigan 42 km/h (358 km behind Michigan)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 367 km behind Michigan 41 km/h (368 km behind Michigan)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 381 km behind Michigan 40 km/h (379 km behind Michigan)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 392 km behind Michigan 38 km/h (393 km behind Michigan)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 403 km behind Michigan 35 km/h (404 km behind Michigan)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 411 km behind Michigan 34 km/h (411 km behind Michigan)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 447 km behind Michigan 30 km/h (447 km behind Michigan)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 613 km behind Michigan 0 km/h (614 km behind Michigan)
42 TAFE SA Australia (Solar Spirit, Adventure) 710 km behind Michigan 0 km/h (712 km behind Michigan)

World Solar Challenge: Day 1 wrap

It’s time to wrap up coverage of Day 1 of the World Solar Challenge. I won’t talk about the start (many people already have). Instead, I’ll concentrate on the two charts, above (for Challengers) and below (for Cruisers and the Adventure class). In these charts (click to zoom), distance from Darwin runs vertically upwards, so that higher means further, and steeper lines means faster travel. Horizontal lines mean that a car is stationary (e.g. at a control stop).

The top five teams are Michigan (2), Tokai (10), Nuon (3), Twente (21), and Punch (8). All are in Dunmarra, and not much separates them. The top right of the chart shows that some of these teams have backtracked to find a camping spot for the night (Punch found time to upload photographs to Facebook). Kecskemét (23) and Stanford (16) are fighting it out for sixth place. Western Sydney (13) is eighth, and apparently Arrow (30) finished at the same spot (their GPS is not working, so they are not shown on the chart). EAFIT (5) is tenth, Nagoya (47) is eleventh, and Blue Sky (77) is twelfth (after falling behind and catching up). Goko High School (25) is thirteenth, followed by the two South African teams (14. UKZN and 17. NWU), and Kanazawa (51) in sixteenth place. Then comes JU (46), who had to stop twice for minor repairs. Cambridge (12) apparently reached about the same spot as JU. Principia (32) is next, having slowed down for some reason. After them come Anadolu (36), KUST (82), and MIT (7).

Adelaide (9) started off okay, but have visibly slowed down for some reason. Siam (22), on the other hand, started with problems and then sped up (which may well mean that they trailered their vehicle). Beijing (80), EcoPhoton (18), and Solaris (15) also had serious problems. If those last five cars do not pick up the pace, they will start finding control stops closed, and will need to trailer. Durham (26) trailered to Katherine right from the start, hoping to do repairs and get back into the race.


Punch’s blog reports that they needed to stop for a tire change (click for blog post and full-size original)

In the Cruiser class, Kogakuin (88) and Eindhoven (40) have been fighting for the lead, with Owl finishing about 28 km ahead of Stella Lux. The parallel lines in the chart show that both cars are equally fast – but a motor controller problem slowed Eindhoven down. A lot will hang on how many passengers Eindhoven is carrying (apparently one, although the video they posted in Katherine does not discuss this). HK IVE (33) has overtaken Bochum (11) – putting them in third place, with Minnesota (35) fifth. Sunswift (75) have overcome yesterday’s problems to run fairly well. Lodz (45), on the other hand, have slowed down a bit to run neck-and-neck with Sunswift.

Tehran (38) has run much slower than some people expected, and ITS (31) has clearly had some kind of serious problem. Singapore (28) have reached Katherine and have posted a video to prove it. It mentions an issue with cross-winds, which their car design would indeed have a problem with. Ardingly (43) had several serious problems, and have almost certainly trailered.

In the Adventure class, TAFE SA (42) are not shown on the chart, although they have apparently reached Mataranka. Liberty (34) and Houston (20) were both running reasonably well, though probably not fast enough to avoid eventually trailering. Let’s see what Day 2 will bring – the weather still looks to be sunny all the way along the road, as far as Alice Springs!


Lodz (45) heading towards Katherine, and Ardingly (43) needing repair (click for full-size originals)