World Solar Challenge: Expected Arrivals

Above is another race chart of the kind I did in 2013 (as always, click to zoom). Data is taken from the official timing board for days 1 to 4. In this chart, the distance is horizontal, and the vertical axis expresses time, with faster cars at the bottom. Specifically, the vertical axis expresses how many hours each car is behind a car driving at exactly 97.42 km/h. Why that speed? It’s the speed which would get a car into Adelaide at exactly 5:00 PM today. None of the actual Challengers quite managed that, of course, so they will all arrive later. The expected arrival times on Thursday and Friday can be estimated by extrapolating to the right-hand axis, and the open circles on the right indicate these expected arrival times. The two race leaders should arrive around 9:45 AM Darwin time tomorrow morning, i.e. 10:45 AM Adelaide time (and I plan to be there to see them arrive). Seven other teams should arrive during the course of the day.

Note that the official timing board may contain errors – for example, Western Sydney (13) is recorded on the official timing board as arriving at Katherine at 05:43:55 hours into the race (the dot marked with a question mark), while my GPS-based chart for Sunday shows it arriving much earlier. All the other dots on this chart, however, are at least roughly consistent with the GPS data (I ran the data through a sanity-checking program). Trailered cars are not shown, although it is very difficult to work out exactly which cars are trailered.


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World Solar Challenge: Evening, Day 4

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 16:24 Wednesday October 21 (Darwin time) – Day 4 of the race. Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between the known road distances to control stops. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays.

In the Challenger class, Nuon (3) has taken the lead from Twente (21). Among the Cruisers, Kogakuin (88) is only slightly ahead of Eindhoven (40), but that is after starting fresh from Alice this morning. Kogakuin still clocked up an advantage in days 1 to 3 that Eindhoven needs to take back. There continues to be confusion about which teams have trailered. See the tracker page, timing board, and social media for continued updates.

3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) Approx 2791 km from Darwin 92 km/h (Adjusted 2793 km from Darwin)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 8 km behind Nuon 92 km/h (6 km behind Nuon)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 72 km behind Nuon 88 km/h (74 km behind Nuon)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 72 km behind Nuon 88 km/h (74 km behind Nuon)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 128 km behind Nuon 86 km/h (120 km behind Nuon)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 249 km behind Nuon 82 km/h (250 km behind Nuon)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 337 km behind Nuon 80 km/h (336 km behind Nuon)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 378 km behind Nuon 77 km/h (377 km behind Nuon)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 441 km behind Nuon 75 km/h (436 km behind Nuon)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 549 km behind Nuon 71 km/h (549 km behind Nuon)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 591 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (587 km behind Nuon)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 598 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (595 km behind Nuon)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 612 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (604 km behind Nuon)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 674 km behind Nuon 67 km/h (668 km behind Nuon)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 687 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (688 km behind Nuon)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 714 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (692 km behind Nuon)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 699 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (701 km behind Nuon)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 704 km behind Nuon 65 km/h (706 km behind Nuon)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 785 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (787 km behind Nuon)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 838 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (828 km behind Nuon)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 834 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (836 km behind Nuon)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 848 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (842 km behind Nuon)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 870 km behind Nuon 60 km/h (Trailered)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 883 km behind Nuon 60 km/h (Trailered)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 903 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (903 km behind Nuon)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 910 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (906 km behind Nuon)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 910 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (907 km behind Nuon)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 955 km behind Nuon 58 km/h (Trailered)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 957 km behind Nuon 58 km/h (Trailered)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 996 km behind Nuon 56 km/h (993 km behind Nuon)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 997 km behind Nuon 56 km/h (Trailered)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 1021 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (1023 km behind Nuon)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 1067 km behind Nuon 53 km/h (1065 km behind Nuon)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 1094 km behind Nuon 53 km/h (Trailered)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 1119 km behind Nuon 52 km/h (Withdrawn)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 1153 km behind Nuon 51 km/h (Withdrawn)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 1258 km behind Nuon 47 km/h (Trailered)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 1291 km behind Nuon 174 km/h (Trailered)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 1292 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (Trailered)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 1295 km behind Nuon 46 km/h (Trailered)

World Solar Challenge: Morning, Day 4

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 08:54 Wednesday October 21 (Darwin time) – Day 4 of the race.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between the known road distances to control stops. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. Current big news is the Punch penalty (see their social media for their side of the story) and the Cruiser class rules, which were apparently being tweaked last night. See the tracker page, timing board, and social media for continued updates.

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 14 km behind Nuon 92 km/h (Adjusted 2199 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) Approx 2192 km from Darwin 92 km/h (4 km behind Twente)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 14 km behind Nuon 92 km/h (10 km behind Twente)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 33 km behind Nuon 89 km/h (29 km behind Twente)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 52 km behind Nuon 88 km/h (48 km behind Twente)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 156 km behind Nuon 83 km/h (161 km behind Twente)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 205 km behind Nuon 82 km/h (207 km behind Twente)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 305 km behind Nuon 77 km/h (308 km behind Twente)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 388 km behind Nuon 74 km/h (387 km behind Twente)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 408 km behind Nuon 73 km/h (414 km behind Twente)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 461 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (461 km behind Twente)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 466 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (462 km behind Twente)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 471 km behind Nuon 70 km/h (Trailered)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 558 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (562 km behind Twente)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 562 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (566 km behind Twente)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 592 km behind Nuon 65 km/h (591 km behind Twente)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 632 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (639 km behind Twente)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 637 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (644 km behind Twente)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 650 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (656 km behind Twente)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 665 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (Trailered)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 666 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (Trailered)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 667 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (673 km behind Twente)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 672 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (Trailered)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 688 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (682 km behind Twente)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 681 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (Trailered)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 690 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (688 km behind Twente)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 693 km behind Nuon 174 km/h (Trailered)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 693 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (Trailered)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 696 km behind Nuon 60 km/h (703 km behind Twente)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 700 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (Trailered)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 706 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (710 km behind Twente)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 718 km behind Nuon 58 km/h (724 km behind Twente)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 796 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (797 km behind Twente)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 805 km behind Nuon 57 km/h (Trailered)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 823 km behind Nuon 54 km/h (Trailered)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 865 km behind Nuon 52 km/h (866 km behind Twente)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 874 km behind Nuon 52 km/h (881 km behind Twente)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 892 km behind Nuon 51 km/h (894 km behind Twente)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 892 km behind Nuon 51 km/h (Trailered)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 913 km behind Nuon 50 km/h (Trailered)

World Solar Challenge: Day 3 wrap

Here is another distance/time plot for non-trailered Challenger class cars. Race leaders Twente (21) and Nuon (3) are so close that the orange line is hidden under the red – it will come down to race strategy and managing the weather issues. Michigan (2) is next in blue (still suffering the curse of third), followed by Tokai (10). Punch (8) served a one-hour penalty in Kulgera for alleged reckless driving by their media car. They are appealing this, and are also clawing back lost time, as the dark green line shows. Next come Stanford (16), Kecskemét (23), Arrow (30), EAFIT (5), and Western Sydney Uni (13). UKZN (14) and Blue Sky (77) have been duelling for the next spot, and it looks like the dashed line for UKZN is just a whisker ahead now. After them come Goko High Scool (25) in black, Jönköping Uni (46), Nagoya (47), Kanazawa (51), Principia (32), Anadolu (36), KUST (82), MIT (7), and Beijing (80).

Sadly, Adelaide (9) report having trailered. Some of the other cars listed might have trailered too. For example, the way that MIT (7) keeps driving after 17:00 suggests that they might have trailered.

For the Cruiser situation, see my previous post. In other news, Bochum are spending the night in a gym, while Nuon are camping in the dust. For photos galore, see MostDece’s blog, and for video, see Twente’s (Dutch) report. The Coober Pedy weather forecast for tomorrow is for cloud clearing.

Below is the kind of chart I did in 2013 (as always, click to zoom). Data is taken from the official timing board, rather than from GPS. Here the distance is horizontal, and the vertical axis expresses time. Specifically, it expresses how many hours each car is behind a car driving at exactly 97.42 km/h. Why that speed? It’s the speed which would get a car into Adelaide at exactly closing time on Wednesday. None of the actual Challengers can quite manage that, of course, so they will all arrive later. The expected arrival times on Thursday and Friday can be estimated by extrapolating to the right-hand axis. This means that, for this chart, faster cars are at the bottom. It must be emphasised that the official timing board may contain errors – for example, Western Sydney (13) is recorded on the official timing board as arriving at Katherine at 05:43:55 hours into the race, while my GPS-based chart for Sunday shows it arriving much earlier.


World Solar Challenge: Evening, Day 3

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 17:00 Tuesday October 20 (Darwin time) – the finish of Day 3 of the race.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between the known road distances to control stops. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. The top fifteen Challenger teams are Twente (21), Nuon (3), Michigan (2), Tokai (10), Punch (8), Stanford (16), Kecskemét (23), Arrow (30), EAFIT (5), WSU (13), UKZN (14), Blue Sky (77), Goko High Scool (25), Jönköping Uni (46), and Nagoya (47) in that order. Nuon is camping just shy of Coober Pedy, with Twente still a whisker ahead of them.

In the Cruiser class, Kogakuin (88) came into Alice at 11:17, Eindhoven (40) at 12:01, and Bochum (11) at 16:00. Minnesota (35) and Sunswift (75) had to make it to Alice by 17:00 but, sadly, they did not. See the tracker page, timing board, and social media for continued updates.

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) Approx 2153 km from Darwin 92 km/h (Adjusted 2164 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 2 km behind Twente 92 km/h (2 km behind Twente)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 47 km behind Twente 90 km/h (56 km behind Twente)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 74 km behind Twente 89 km/h (71 km behind Twente)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 87 km behind Twente 88 km/h (92 km behind Twente)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 196 km behind Twente 83 km/h (204 km behind Twente)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 225 km behind Twente 82 km/h (229 km behind Twente)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 333 km behind Twente 78 km/h (333 km behind Twente)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 388 km behind Twente 74 km/h (389 km behind Twente)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 402 km behind Twente 73 km/h (411 km behind Twente)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 482 km behind Twente 70 km/h (483 km behind Twente)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 485 km behind Twente 70 km/h (Trailered)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 488 km behind Twente 69 km/h (499 km behind Twente)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 577 km behind Twente 66 km/h (586 km behind Twente)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 578 km behind Twente 66 km/h (589 km behind Twente)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 611 km behind Twente 65 km/h (615 km behind Twente)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 653 km behind Twente 75 km/h (665 km behind Twente)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 653 km behind Twente 64 km/h (Trailered)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 654 km behind Twente 62 km/h (Trailered)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 656 km behind Twente 79 km/h (668 km behind Twente)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 657 km behind Twente 64 km/h (Trailered)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 657 km behind Twente 64 km/h (668 km behind Twente)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 657 km behind Twente 61 km/h (Trailered)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 691 km behind Twente 60 km/h (697 km behind Twente)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 718 km behind Twente 59 km/h (721 km behind Twente)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 721 km behind Twente 58 km/h (732 km behind Twente)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 732 km behind Twente 58 km/h (737 km behind Twente)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 736 km behind Twente 58 km/h (747 km behind Twente)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 754 km behind Twente 57 km/h (Trailered)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 797 km behind Twente 56 km/h (799 km behind Twente)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 819 km behind Twente 55 km/h (Trailered)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 852 km behind Twente 53 km/h (Trailered)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 873 km behind Twente 52 km/h (884 km behind Twente)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 883 km behind Twente 52 km/h (Trailered)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 910 km behind Twente 51 km/h (Trailered)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 942 km behind Twente 49 km/h (Trailered)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 980 km behind Twente 47 km/h (Trailered)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 999 km behind Twente 46 km/h (1011 km behind Twente)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 1023 km behind Twente 45 km/h (1032 km behind Twente)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 1051 km behind Twente 44 km/h (1056 km behind Twente)

World Solar Challenge: Afternoon, Day 3

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 14:35 Tuesday October 20 (Darwin time) – Day 3 of the race.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between the known road distances to control stops. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. The top five teams are Twente (21), Nuon (3), Michigan (2), Tokai (10), and Punch (8), in that order. They are closing in on Marla (which is not a control stop). In the Cruiser class, Kogakuin (88) is 44 minutes ahead of Eindhoven (40), which probably puts them in the lead, even taking Eindhoven’s passenger into account. Per the regulations, “Cruiser Class and Adventure Class will be timed in two stages: Darwin to Alice Springs, and Alice Springs to Adelaide.” They are therefore stopping there for the night.

Blogger MostDece has posted a photo of the Alice Springs board. There are also Twitter pictures of Eindhoven, Blue Sky, EAFIT, and Goko High School arriving at Alice, and a plethora of wonderful photographs from the Zero to Darwin Project. See the tracker page, timing board, and social media for continued updates.

It is worth noting that there are now effectively two races going on – call them A and B. The A race is decided on time (or, for the Cruiser class, points). The B race is for cars that have been trailered, and is decided on number of kilometres travelled under solar power. We are now seeing several cars in the B race, but it’s hard to tell which of those are ahead of the others [update: Lodz (45) and HK IVE (33) have also trailered, but Stanford (16) has not]. At the end of the event, the A cars will all score ahead of the B cars (in 2013, the top B Challenger scored 11th overall). Note also that the Barrow Creek control stop closes at 16:00 today.

21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) Approx 1933 km from Darwin 92 km/h (Adjusted 1937 km from Darwin)
3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) 2 km behind Twente 92 km/h (1 km behind Twente)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 31 km behind Twente 91 km/h (26 km behind Twente)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 66 km behind Twente 89 km/h (63 km behind Twente)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 131 km behind Twente 86 km/h (121 km behind Twente)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 166 km behind Twente 84 km/h
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 169 km behind Twente 82 km/h (172 km behind Twente)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 253 km behind Twente 78 km/h (253 km behind Twente)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 341 km behind Twente 74 km/h (339 km behind Twente)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 363 km behind Twente 73 km/h (359 km behind Twente)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 424 km behind Twente 70 km/h (422 km behind Twente)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 426 km behind Twente 70 km/h (Trailered)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 431 km behind Twente 70 km/h (430 km behind Twente)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 434 km behind Twente 75 km/h (438 km behind Twente)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 437 km behind Twente 70 km/h (Trailered)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 437 km behind Twente 79 km/h (440 km behind Twente)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 437 km behind Twente 70 km/h (Trailered)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 473 km behind Twente 67 km/h (467 km behind Twente)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 506 km behind Twente 65 km/h (504 km behind Twente)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 515 km behind Twente 64 km/h (518 km behind Twente)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 553 km behind Twente 63 km/h (556 km behind Twente)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 554 km behind Twente 63 km/h (557 km behind Twente)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 602 km behind Twente 61 km/h (605 km behind Twente)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 606 km behind Twente 60 km/h (609 km behind Twente)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 618 km behind Twente 60 km/h (621 km behind Twente)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 639 km behind Twente 59 km/h (642 km behind Twente)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 643 km behind Twente 58 km/h (Trailered)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 659 km behind Twente 58 km/h (652 km behind Twente)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 696 km behind Twente 56 km/h (695 km behind Twente)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 722 km behind Twente 54 km/h (Trailered)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 722 km behind Twente 54 km/h (726 km behind Twente)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 722 km behind Twente 54 km/h (Trailered)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 722 km behind Twente 54 km/h (726 km behind Twente)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 805 km behind Twente 50 km/h (Trailered)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 808 km behind Twente 51 km/h (Trailered)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 891 km behind Twente 46 km/h (Trailered)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 918 km behind Twente 45 km/h (921 km behind Twente)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 923 km behind Twente 45 km/h (927 km behind Twente)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 942 km behind Twente 44 km/h (937 km behind Twente)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 997 km behind Twente 43 km/h (Trailered)

World Solar Challenge: Morning, Day 3

Here are the World Solar Challenge GPS positions as at 09:59 Tuesday October 20 (Darwin time) – Day 3 of the race.

Calculated road distances below are approximate, based on interpolation between the known road distances to control stops. The second road distance shown (in grey) is adjusted to compensate for GPS delays. The top five teams – Twente (21), Nuon (3), Michigan (2), Tokai (10), and Punch (8), in that order – have all reached Alice Springs, although Nuon seems to have surged ahead since then. The weather outlook seems to have improved slightly, although teams carrying a meteorologist along will probably have a strategy edge. Punch were initially given a one-hour penalty, but apparently a phone call put this on hold. Eindhoven have a non-functioning GPS, so it’s not clear where they are.

Western Sydney (13) took pictures on reaching Barrow Creek. Liberty confirm that they are partially trailering, because their car doesn’t meet the minimum speed requirements. They will be ranked by number of solar-powered kilometres travelled. Cambridge had to partially trailer to Tennant Creek. See the tracker page, timing board, and social media for continued updates.

3 Nuon Netherlands (Nuna8, Challenger) Approx 1547 km from Darwin 92 km/h (Adjusted 1547 km from Darwin)
2 Michigan USA (Aurum, Challenger) 12 km behind Nuon 90 km/h (12 km behind Nuon)
21 Twente Netherlands (Red One, Challenger) 13 km behind Nuon 92 km/h (13 km behind Nuon)
10 Tokai Japan (Tokai Challenger, Challenger) 40 km behind Nuon 89 km/h (40 km behind Nuon)
8 Punch Belgium (Punch One, Challenger) 40 km behind Nuon 89 km/h (40 km behind Nuon)
16 Stanford USA (Arctan, Challenger) 93 km behind Nuon 83 km/h (93 km behind Nuon)
23 Kecskemét Hungary (MegaLux, Challenger) 143 km behind Nuon 81 km/h (143 km behind Nuon)
88 Kogakuin Japan (OWL, Cruiser) 173 km behind Nuon 79 km/h (173 km behind Nuon)
30 Arrow Australia (Arrow1-GT, Challenger) 194 km behind Nuon 78 km/h (194 km behind Nuon)
5 EAFIT Colombia (Primavera, Challenger) 262 km behind Nuon 74 km/h (262 km behind Nuon)
43 Ardingly United Kingdom (Ardingly Solar Car, Cruiser) 277 km behind Nuon 73 km/h (Trailered)
13 Western Sydney Australia (Unlimited, Challenger) 312 km behind Nuon 71 km/h (312 km behind Nuon)
77 Blue Sky Canada (Horizon, Challenger) 336 km behind Nuon 68 km/h (336 km behind Nuon)
17 NWU South Africa (Sirius X25, Challenger) 336 km behind Nuon 67 km/h (Trailered)
14 UKZN South Africa (Hulamin, Challenger) 337 km behind Nuon 68 km/h (337 km behind Nuon)
40 Eindhoven Netherlands (Stella Lux, Cruiser) 337 km behind Nuon ? km/h (337 km behind Nuon)
25 Goko Japan (Musoushin, Challenger) 364 km behind Nuon 66 km/h (364 km behind Nuon)
46 JU Sweden (Solbritt, Challenger) 411 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (411 km behind Nuon)
45 Lodz Poland (Eagle One, Cruiser) 428 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (428 km behind Nuon)
47 Nagoya Japan (Horizon Z, Challenger) 429 km behind Nuon 63 km/h (429 km behind Nuon)
12 Cambridge United Kingdom (Evolution, Challenger) 443 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (Trailered)
18 EcoPhoton Malaysia (Stingray, Challenger) 446 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (446 km behind Nuon)
11 Bochum Germany (SunRiser, Cruiser) 448 km behind Nuon 62 km/h (448 km behind Nuon)
33 HK IVE Hong Kong (Sophie V, Cruiser) 456 km behind Nuon 61 km/h (456 km behind Nuon)
35 Minnesota USA (Eos, Cruiser) 474 km behind Nuon 60 km/h (474 km behind Nuon)
75 Sunswift Australia (eVe, Cruiser) 487 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (487 km behind Nuon)
51 Kanazawa Japan (Golden Eagle 5.1, Challenger) 487 km behind Nuon 59 km/h (487 km behind Nuon)
38 Tehran Iran (Persian Gazelle III, Cruiser) 506 km behind Nuon 58 km/h (Trailered)
28 Singapore Singapore (SunSPEC4, Cruiser) 520 km behind Nuon 57 km/h (Trailered)
32 Principia USA (Ra 9, Challenger) 559 km behind Nuon 55 km/h (559 km behind Nuon)
36 Anadolu Turkey (Sunatolia 2, Challenger) 560 km behind Nuon 54 km/h (560 km behind Nuon)
82 KUST Korea (Baek-Ho, Challenger) 586 km behind Nuon 52 km/h (586 km behind Nuon)
9 Adelaide Australia (Lumen, Challenger) 649 km behind Nuon 49 km/h (649 km behind Nuon)
34 Liberty USA (Solis Bellator, Adventure) 669 km behind Nuon 48 km/h (Trailered)
26 Durham United Kingdom (DUSC2015, Challenger) 731 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (Trailered)
15 Solaris Turkey (DesTech Solaris, Challenger) 732 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (Trailered)
7 MIT USA (Arcturus, Challenger) 737 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (737 km behind Nuon)
20 Houston USA (Sundancer, Adventure) 742 km behind Nuon 44 km/h (742 km behind Nuon)
80 Beijing China (Sunshuttle II, Challenger) 783 km behind Nuon 42 km/h (783 km behind Nuon)
31 ITS Indonesia (Widya Wahana V, Cruiser) 822 km behind Nuon 40 km/h (Trailered)
22 Siam Thailand (STC-1, Challenger) 914 km behind Nuon 0 km/h (914 km behind Nuon)