WSC: Camping Sunday night

The map above (click to zoom) shows raw GPS positions (teams have stopped for the night, so there is no movement to extrapolate). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, and team social media links. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker. I look forward to another exciting day tomorrow!

3 625 km C Nuon  photo
10 605.9 km C Tokai  photo
21 600.2 km C Twente  day 1 status
15 589.1 km C WSU  photo
25 589 km C Nagoya  photo
8 589 km C Punch  photo
88 588.9 km C Kogakuin  photo
2 588.9 km C Michigan  photo
16 588.9 km C Stanford 
77 536 km C Blue Sky 
46 535.9 km C JU 
40 532.8 km 5 Eindhoven  camping
32 503.5 km C Principia 
11 502.5 km 4 Bochum  – problems
4 496.7 km C Antakari 
95 496.7 km 2 Apollo 
35 496.7 km 2 HK IVE 
70 490.6 km C Aachen 
30 487.2 km 2 Arrow  photo
75 457.6 km 4 Sunswift  camping
94 457.6 km 2 Minnesota 
37 422.7 km C Goko 
45 422.6 km 5 Lodz 
71 422.1 km C ITU 
38 421.4 km C NWU  speed-limited
82 421.3 km C KUST 
43 408 km C ANU  trailered
9 382.5 km 4 PrISUm 
5 363.2 km 2 Singapore 
42 318.1 km 2 TAFE SA  trailered
20 316.2 km C Durham  video
18 316.1 km C EcoPhoton  trailered
28 316 km C KNUT  trailered
52 315.8 km A Illini  – problems
22 311.5 km C MDH  – problems
7 253.9 km C Adelaide  problems

Nuon overtakes Tokai on Day 1


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WSC: The Cruiser class

The chart below (click to zoom) shows the current state of play for the WSC Cruiser class, using data from the official website (although it seems to me that there are some roundoff errors in those numbers). Each team has three coloured bars: first the number of person-kilometres (black icons show occupied seats and white icons empty seats), then the energy usage (number of charges, which is 1, times battery capacity), and finally the overall score (which is the ratio of those two numbers). The black number in the final bar shows the ranking. All bars are scaled to a percentage of the maximum. It can be seen that Eindhoven has a solid lead (and they will display their own performance in detail here).


WSC: South from Katherine

Heading south from Katherine to Daly Waters, Nuon has regained the lead (it’s the World Solar Challenge; anything can happen). Cars 49 (Siam Tech) and 53 (Mississippi Choctaw) seem to have broken GPS units, but the Mississippi Choctaw kids arrived in Katherine at 14:36:30.

The map above (click to zoom) shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and the average speed since the start of the race (i.e. it’s a best guess for the true position of the car at the indicated time). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin (calculated using a route provided by Sasha Zbrozek), average speed, extrapolated road distance, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, and team social media links. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

3 523.8 km 82.2 kph 525.6 km C Nuon  photo
10 518 km 81.3 kph 519.9 km C Tokai  photo
15 519.2 km 81.2 kph 519.5 km C WSU  photo
2 500.1 km 78.3 kph 500.6 km C Michigan  video
8 495.4 km 77.7 kph 497.3 km C Punch  photo
21 492 km 77.1 kph 493.1 km C Twente  repairs
88 485.9 km 76 kph 485.9 km C Kogakuin 
16 466.4 km 74.3 kph 475.3 km C Stanford 
25 462.5 km 72.7 kph 465.3 km C Nagoya  photo
77 429.1 km 67.1 kph 429.5 km C Blue Sky 
46 423.5 km 67 kph 428.6 km C JU 
40 418.1 km 65.5 kph 419 km 5 Eindhoven  video
4 398.5 km 62.4 kph 399.1 km C Antakari 
37 390.3 km 61.3 kph 392.3 km C Goko 
38 388.9 km 60.8 kph 389.2 km C NWU  photo
70 386.2 km 60.4 kph 386.3 km C Aachen 
95 374.2 km 58.6 kph 374.7 km 2 Apollo 
32 373 km 58.5 kph 374.2 km C Principia 
75 372.8 km 58.4 kph 373.5 km 4 Sunswift  repairs
94 371.5 km 58.2 kph 372.1 km 2 Minnesota 
30 366.8 km 57.5 kph 367.5 km 2 Arrow  photo
11 361.1 km 56.5 kph 361.5 km 4 Bochum 
35 360.5 km 56.4 kph 360.8 km 2 HK IVE 
9 349.8 km 54.7 kph 350.1 km 4 PrISUm 
45 346.7 km 54.3 kph 347.3 km 5 Lodz 
5 332.7 km 53.4 kph 341.4 km 2 Singapore 
82 325.7 km 51.2 kph 327.7 km C KUST 
43 322.7 km 48 kph 322.7 km C ANU 
71 322.7 km 49.3 kph 322.7 km C ITU 
42 316.5 km 46.3 kph 319.3 km 2 TAFE SA  video
20 297.9 km 43.4 kph 299.3 km C Durham  video
22 277.8 km 43.3 kph 298.3 km C MDH 
18 285.1 km 41.5 kph 286.3 km C EcoPhoton  video
52 240.9 km 35 kph 241.7 km A Illini 
7 207.4 km 33 kph 227.8 km C Adelaide 
28 205.8 km 30.8 kph 212.2 km C KNUT 

Tokai, then Nuon, then Punch, then WSU at the Katherine control stop


WSC: Katherine

The chart above (click to zoom) shows 2015 and 2017 timings into the Katherine control stop for selected Challenger-class cars (from photos of the board, except for this year’s time for Twente, which is accurate only to the minute). It can be seen that the new Challenger-class rules have not actualy slowed things down. The big improvements by WSU and Nagoya also stand out.


The Katherine control stop (photo: N. Waka)


WSC: Heading to Katherine

Heading to Katherine, Tokai has taken the lead in their bullet car. If they don’t accidentally roll it, they may have won this race already. Nuon, Punch, Western Sydney, and Michigan follow.

The map above (click to zoom) shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and the average speed since the start of the race (i.e. it’s a best guess for the true position of the car at the indicated time). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin (calculated using a route provided by Sasha Zbrozek), average speed, extrapolated road distance, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, and team social media links. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

10 279.1 km 83.1 kph 280.7 km C Tokai  photo
3 275.9 km 81.8 kph 276.4 km C Nuon  photo
8 274.7 km 81.4 kph 274.9 km C Punch  photo
15 261.8 km 80 kph 270.3 km C WSU  photo
2 258.3 km 77.5 kph 261.8 km C Michigan 
25 255.5 km 76.3 kph 257.8 km C Nagoya  photo
16 248.1 km 76 kph 256.8 km C Stanford 
88 254.9 km 75.5 kph 255 km C Kogakuin 
21 240.3 km 71.8 kph 242.5 km C Twente  video
77 227.9 km 68.1 kph 230 km C Blue Sky 
46 221 km 67.4 kph 227.7 km C JU 
4 207 km 63.4 kph 214.3 km C Antakari 
38 205 km 62.8 kph 212.2 km C NWU 
40 205.4 km 61.4 kph 207.5 km 5 Eindhoven  video
37 205 km 60.9 kph 205.8 km C Goko 
70 198.4 km 60.9 kph 205.7 km C Aachen 
30 193.4 km 57.9 kph 195.5 km 2 Arrow 
82 186.6 km 57 kph 192.4 km C KUST 
94 186.9 km 56.9 kph 192.1 km 2 Minnesota 
22 184.6 km 56 kph 189.1 km C MDH 
45 183.2 km 54.8 kph 185.1 km 5 Lodz 
95 181.4 km 53.8 kph 181.8 km 2 Apollo 
35 173.6 km 53.2 kph 179.6 km 2 HK IVE 
5 173.1 km 52.8 kph 178.4 km 2 Singapore 
32 170.2 km 51.4 kph 173.6 km C Principia 
9 168.5 km 51.2 kph 173 km 4 PrISUm 
75 164.9 km 48.9 kph 165.1 km 4 Sunswift 
28 157.6 km 46.7 kph 157.6 km C KNUT 
43 152.3 km 46.3 kph 156.3 km C ANU 
18 146.4 km 45 kph 151.8 km C EcoPhoton 
20 140.6 km 44.6 kph 150.5 km C Durham 
7 142 km 42.3 kph 142.9 km C Adelaide 
42 113.4 km 36.4 kph 122.9 km 2 TAFE SA 
71 114.3 km 34.2 kph 115.4 km C ITU 
11 108.7 km 33.1 kph 111.9 km 4 Bochum 
52 92.6 km 27.4 kph 92.6 km A Illini 

Nagoya (25), in 6th place


WSC: Tokai closes in

The map above (click to zoom) shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and the average speed since the start of the race (i.e. it’s a best guess for the true position of the car at the indicated time). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin (calculated using a route provided by Sasha Zbrozek), average speed, extrapolated road distance, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, and team social media links. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

8 – 143.6 km 79.8 kph 145.2 km – C Punch 
3 – 142.4 km 79.4 kph 144.6 km – C Nuon 
10 – 134.3 km 79 kph 143.9 km – C Tokai 
15 – 137.2 km 77.1 kph 140.4 km – C WSU 
25 – 135.3 km 74.7 kph 136 km – C Nagoya 
88 – 121.8 km 74.6 kph 135.9 km – C Kogakuin 
2 – 131.3 km 73.1 kph 133.1 km – C Michigan 
21 – 129.3 km 71.4 kph 130 km – C Twente  Video
16 – 123 km 71.2 kph 129.7 km – C Stanford 
77 – 116.7 km 64.3 kph 117.1 km – C Blue Sky 
32 – 106.8 km 59.8 kph 108.8 km – C Principia 
4 – 108.2 km 59.6 kph 108.6 km – C Antakari 
46 – 106.3 km 59.6 kph 108.6 km – C JU 
70 – 105.9 km 58.6 kph 106.7 km – C Aachen 
38 – 105.8 km 58.5 kph 106.5 km – C NWU 
37 – 102.7 km 57.4 kph 104.4 km – C Goko 
22 – 100.8 km 56 kph 101.9 km – C MDH 
40 – 98.6 km 54.6 kph 99.4 km – 5 Eindhoven 
82 – 96.6 km 54.2 kph 98.7 km – C KUST 
30 – 89.9 km 50.9 kph 92.7 km – 2 Arrow 
75 – 88.5 km 49.7 kph 90.6 km – 4 Sunswift 
94 – 84.9 km 49.7 kph 90.5 km – 2 Minnesota 
45 – 83.8 km 46.3 kph 84.3 km – 5 Lodz 
35 – 81.7 km 45 kph 82 km – 2 HK IVE 
20 – 79.4 km 44.3 kph 80.7 km – C Durham 
95 – 79.4 km 44.2 kph 80.5 km – 2 Apollo 
5 – 77.9 km 43.7 kph 79.5 km – 2 Singapore 
9 – 76.8 km 42.7 kph 77.8 km – 4 PrISUm 
18 – 70.4 km 39 kph 71.1 km – C EcoPhoton 
28 – 67.4 km 37.4 kph 68.1 km – C KNUT 
43 – 58 km 32.9 kph 59.9 km – C ANU 
71 – 57 km 31.8 kph 57.9 km – C ITU 
42 – 48.5 km 28.7 kph 52.3 km – 2 TAFE SA 
7 – 43 km 23.6 kph 43 km – C Adelaide 
52 – 35.2 km 20.2 kph 36.7 km – A Illini 
11 – 5.4 km 9.9 kph 17.9 km – 4 Bochum 

Stella Vie crosses the start line


World Solar Challenge: the race is on!

As the World Solar Challenge teams leave Darwin, it’s a nail-biting contest for the lead. To allow for GPS lag, the map above shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and the average speed since the start of the race (i.e. it’s a best guess for the true position of the car at the indicated time). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin (calculated using a route provided by Sasha Zbrozek), average speed, extrapolated road distance, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, and team social media links. Team 49 is missing from the GPS feed for some reason. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

8 – 92 km 78.1 kph 93.6 km – C Punch 
3 – 90.5 km 77.4 kph 92.8 km – C Nuon 
15 – 88.6 km 76.5 kph 91.8 km – C WSU 
10 – 88.3 km 76.2 kph 91.4 km – C Tokai 
25 – 81.5 km 73.6 kph 88.3 km – C Nagoya 
88 – 84.6 km 72 kph 86.4 km – C Kogakuin 
2 – 74.2 km 67.5 kph 80.9 km – C Michigan 
16 – 75.4 km 65.7 kph 78.7 km – C Stanford 
21 – 72.6 km 63.3 kph 75.9 km – C Twente 
77 – 75 km 63 kph 75.5 km – C Blue Sky 
70 – 65.8 km 55.7 kph 66.8 km – C Aachen 
32 – 64.5 km 55.4 kph 66.4 km – C Principia 
4 – 63.1 km 54.9 kph 65.8 km – C Antakari 
46 – 63.6 km 54.8 kph 65.7 km – C JU 
22 – 59.9 km 52.3 kph 62.7 km – C MDH 
38 – 62 km 52.2 kph 62.6 km – C NWU 
37 – 60.6 km 51.9 kph 62.2 km – C Goko 
82 – 57.4 km 49.5 kph 59.4 km – C KUST 
40 – 58.1 km 49 kph 58.8 km – 5 Eindhoven 
75 – 54 km 45 kph 54 km – 4 Sunswift 
28 – 50.5 km 43 kph 51.6 km – C KNUT 
30 – 48.9 km 42.8 kph 51.3 km – 2 Arrow 
71 – 27.7 km 42.5 kph 51 km – C ITU 
94 – 48.2 km 41.1 kph 49.3 km – 2 Minnesota 
20 – 46.1 km 39.4 kph 47.3 km – C Durham 
45 – 46.6 km 39.2 kph 47 km – 5 Lodz 
35 – 44.8 km 37.6 kph 45.1 km – 2 HK IVE 
95 – 42.6 km 36.3 kph 43.6 km – 2 Apollo 
5 – 38.5 km 33.2 kph 39.8 km – 2 Singapore 
9 – 38.9 km 33.1 kph 39.7 km – 4 PrISUm 
18 – 36.4 km 30.8 kph 36.9 km – C EcoPhoton 
42 – 29.4 km 24.7 kph 29.6 km – 2 TAFE SA 
52 – 16.2 km 15.2 kph 18.2 km – A Illini 
43 – 15.6 km 13.7 kph 16.4 km – C ANU 
11 – 5.4 km 9.9 kph 11.8 km – 4 Bochum 
7 – 1.7 km 2.3 kph 2.8 km – C Adelaide 

The Belgian Punch team in the lead (photo: Steven Schubert)