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)


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