Albi Eco Race 2019 begins!

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The Albi Eco Race 2019 has begun. The solar-car segment (“Niveau 3”) includes Bochum University of Applied Sciences with their legendary 2011 car, SolarWorld GT (top left), as well as their sexy 2015 car, the thyssenkrupp SunRiser (top right; it will make a comeback at WSC later this year) and their 2017 car, the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser (not shown). The French (or rather, Breton) team Eco Solar Breizh is fielding their challenger Heol and their new urban mini-Cruiser hx2 (bottom). I understand that the Lycée Jehan de Beauce (Project 28) is also participating, along with the fantastic Ardingly Solar team from the UK (who will take their Cruiser to WSC as well).

The actual solar-car race is from 9:00 to 16:30 on Saturday (French time), if I am understanding the timetable correctly. There are active Twitter feeds from Ardingly, Bochum, Eco Solar Breizh, and of course the race itself.

Sadly, it looks like rain.

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Edit: it seems that the SolarWorld GT suffered some damage, which means that only two Bochum cars are competing. Also, hx2 is not competing in the solar-car segment. Below are the speeds from the qualifiers.

Further edit: The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser won the event on points. The thyssenkrupp SunRiser came second, with 119 laps in 8 hours, i.e. an average of about 53 km/h. Heol from Eco Solar Breizh came third.

17 thoughts on “Albi Eco Race 2019 begins!

  1. If I’m understanding correctly, the Solar Cars are sharing the track with the SEM type cars. I would hope that these smaller and, I think, slower cars will be instructed to stay off of the racing line in the interest of safety. Mind you, the Ardingly car could probably drive right over them.

  2. Though the Blue Cruiser won the event I think it was Sunriser that did the 119 laps. Bochum’s post had them 25 laps ahead with 25 mins left. I don’t know the format but Blue Cruiser must have won a lot of points elsewhere to overcome that deficit.
    119 laps equates to 424km in 8 hours at, as you say, 53kmh. In less than ideal conditions, and with the constant acceleration and braking involved with track racing, I would say that augers pretty well for WSC. It might just be possible to achieve the extra 176km per day that will be needed there, provided there are no mishaps.

    • I have fixed the error. I must confess to being a little confused about the rules. I agree that 53 km/h is pretty good, given the weather conditions.

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