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