WSC: Monday afternoon

Monday afternoon sees the World Solar Challenge cars strung out along the Stuart Highway. Getting close to two days of racing, we can see that the monohull cars are exactly balanced with the catamarans. Silicon and GaAs cars are nicely balanced too. However, as the Challengers are thrown back on 100% solar power (with the initial battery charge used up), we can see that the new rules have made this year’s race a little slower than 2015.

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). Teams in the Adventure class are not shown. The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin, average speed, extrapolated road distance, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, team social media links, and links to pictures or status reports. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker. There are some nice pictures here. Tennant Creek control stop closes Tuesday 12:00, and Barrow Creek at 16:00.

3 1158.2 km 81.6 kph 1159.3 km C Nuon  photo
10 1152 km 81.1 kph 1152.4 km C Tokai 
21 1125.5 km 79.2 kph 1126.6 km C Twente  video
2 1120.8 km 79 kph 1123 km C Michigan  photo
8 1093.7 km 77 kph 1095.1 km C Punch  photo
15 1090.9 km 76.9 kph 1093.5 km C WSU  photo
88 1085.2 km 76.4 kph 1085.8 km C Kogakuin  photo
11 987.5 km 68.4 kph 987.5 km 4 Bochum  Score
16 987.5 km 68.4 kph 987.5 km C Stanford  photo
25 987.5 km 67.3 kph 987.5 km C Nagoya 
30 987.5 km 67.2 kph 987.5 km 2 Arrow  Score
40 987.5 km 67.8 kph 987.5 km 5 Eindhoven  Score
77 987.5 km 67.1 kph 987.5 km C Blue Sky  photo
35 949.4 km 64.6 kph 951.3 km 2 HK IVE  Score
4 927.4 km 63.1 kph 928.9 km C Antakari 
32 915.3 km 62.2 kph 915.9 km C Principia 
46 907 km 61.7 kph 908.6 km C JU 
94 905.6 km 61.6 kph 906.6 km 2 Minnesota  Score
95 897 km 61.4 kph 904.2 km 2 Apollo  Score
75 871.5 km 59.3 kph 873.2 km 4 Sunswift  Score
70 853.4 km 58.1 kph 855.3 km C Aachen  photo
42 798.3 km 54.3 kph 798.3 km A TAFE SA  Adventure
71 776.7 km 52.8 kph 777.7 km C ITU 
9 755.3 km 51.5 kph 757.2 km 4 PrISUm  Score
43 734.2 km 50 kph 734.2 km A ANU  Adventure
38 702 km 49.1 kph 722 km C NWU  photo
45 717.9 km 48.9 kph 718.9 km 5 Lodz  Score
37 695 km 47.3 kph 696 km C Goko 
28 681.3 km 46.3 kph 681.3 km A KNUT  Adventure
82 667.6 km 45.4 kph 668.8 km C KUST 
5 613.4 km 47 kph 613.4 km 2 Singapore  Bad GPS
52 604.6 km 41.1 kph 604.6 km A Illini  Adventure
18 596.6 km 40.6 kph 596.6 km A EcoPhoton  Adventure
20 589 km 42.5 kph 589 km A Durham  Adventure
22 588.9 km 41.4 kph 588.9 km A MDH  Adventure
7 287.5 km 30.1 kph 287.5 km A Adelaide  Adventure

Belgium morning charge on Day 2 (photo: Qurein Biewenga)

5 thoughts on “WSC: Monday afternoon

  1. Interesting how BWSC17 (automatically) moved all teams with complications into the Adventure class. I thought for sure this year would be the last time it would be alive, but it serves a great purpose again and seems to be more important than ever!
    Is there a reason why you haven’t included RVCE (34) in the list?

    • The big difference is that previously, trailered teams were ranked by number of solar km. Now, once teams trailer they are noncompetitive.

      RVCE (34) failed scrutineering and (to the best of my knowledge) did not start. In fact (again, to the best of my knowledge), they are not racing at all. Certainly, I have seen no photos of them on the road. The same is true (to the best of my knowledge) for Flinders (14).

      Official WSC press releases say that 38 teams are racing. That excludes (to the best of my knowledge) RVCE (34), Flinders (14), Cambridge (12), and Tehran (23).

      In every WSC, non-competing cars get carried on trucks with the GPS unit still working. I have to filter them out, because they really screw up my calculations.

      • Update: Flinders (14) are not racing, but are travelling as a sort of “backup support crew” to help out other teams in trouble.

  2. Thanks for the explanation. They should switch off and hand in their trackers to prevent them from showing up in the results and on the map.

    • Last race, my software announced that a trailered car was the winner, because it had been trucked to Adelaide with the GPS still working, well ahead of the competing cars.

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