American Solar Challenge: 8 months away

The American Solar Challenge will be held next July, and I have put together an annotated teams list for that event. Following qualification at Motorsport Park Hastings, Nebraska, the race will run through the mountains from Omaha, Nebraska to Bend, Oregon. The map above shows the approximate route on an elevation map of the northwest US. It will be interesting to see how the solar cars cope with the uphill climb


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WSC: Thursday morning

On the morning of Day 5, Nuon is still powering along. There should be full sun at least until Port Augusta. The map above (click to zoom) shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and the average speed since the start of the race. 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, and team social media links. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

3 2684 km 81.6 kph 2685.8 km C Nuon 
2 2520.5 km 76.6 kph 2522.6 km C Michigan 
8 2476.5 km 75.4 kph 2481.7 km C Punch 
10 2469.9 km 75 kph 2470.1 km C Tokai 
21 2440.9 km 74.2 kph 2440.9 km C Twente 
11 2311.3 km 69.2 kph 2313.4 km 4 Bochum 
75 2270.5 km 68.7 kph 2270.5 km A Sunswift 
38 2251.1 km 67.4 kph 2251.1 km A NWU 
40 2248.4 km 67.3 kph 2250 km 5 Eindhoven 
53 2236 km 66.9 kph 2236 km A Choctaw 
42 2223.3 km 67 kph 2223.3 km A TAFE SA 
30 2205.7 km 66 kph 2207.2 km 2 Arrow 
35 2152.8 km 63.5 kph 2154.5 km 2 HK IVE 
15 2121.5 km 62.6 kph 2122 km C WSU 
49 2107.9 km 62.2 kph 2107.9 km A Siam Tech 
22 2103.9 km 62 kph 2103.9 km A MDH 
94 2086.9 km 61.6 kph 2089 km 2 Minnesota 
45 2083.2 km 61.4 kph 2083.2 km A Lodz 
88 2076.1 km 61.2 kph 2077.4 km C Kogakuin 
7 2068.1 km 61.4 kph 2068.1 km A Adelaide 
9 2018.3 km 59.6 kph 2018.3 km A PrISUm 
95 2002.3 km 59.1 kph 2004.5 km 2 Apollo 
52 1944.7 km 57.4 kph 1944.7 km A Illini 
82 1927.1 km 56.9 kph 1927.1 km A KUST 
32 1899.3 km 56 kph 1899.3 km A Principia 
46 1889.2 km 55.7 kph 1889.2 km C JU 
77 1885 km 55.6 kph 1886.1 km C Blue Sky 
25 1876.3 km 55.3 kph 1876.8 km C Nagoya 
4 1866.6 km 55.1 kph 1868.1 km C Antakari 
28 1853.5 km 54.7 kph 1853.5 km A KNUT 
16 1813.2 km 53.5 kph 1815.1 km C Stanford 
43 1786.5 km 97.2 kph 1786.5 km A ANU 
18 1766.1 km 1766.1 km A EcoPhoton 
20 1766.1 km 1766.1 km A Durham 
5 1765.9 km 1765.9 km A Singapore 
37 1765.9 km 1765.9 km C Goko 
70 1765.9 km 1765.9 km C Aachen 
71 1679.2 km 48.8 kph 1681.2 km C ITU 

Glendambo control stop.


WSC: Wednesday night

The map above (click to zoom) shows raw GPS positions where teams have camped for the night. The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, team social media links, and some brief status reports. Cars with gallium arsenide arrays seem to be ahead. The weather for Thursday looks sunny, at least as far as Port Augusta. Cruiser and Challenger summary charts have already been posted.

3 2560.3 km C Nuon  in the lead!
2 2429.8 km C Michigan  second!
8 2429.7 km C Punch  – will enter Glendambo C.S. at 08:10
21 2422.2 km C Twente  due for 30 min penalty at Glendambo
10 2413 km C Tokai 
11 2217.8 km 4 Bochum 
38 2182.3 km A NWU 
40 2177.1 km 5 Eindhoven  drove with 1 person
53 2174.4 km A Choctaw 
30 2150.6 km 2 Arrow 
42 2118.6 km A TAFE SA 
35 2025.3 km 2 HK IVE 
15 2025.1 km C WSU 
45 2022.6 km A Lodz 
94 2005.4 km 2 Minnesota 
88 1986 km C Kogakuin 
22 1944.6 km A MDH 
9 1917.7 km A PrISUm 
95 1908.8 km 2 Apollo 
75 1907 km A Sunswift 
52 1891.4 km A Illini 
49 1889.4 km A Siam Tech  on Dutch TV
77 1843.9 km C Blue Sky 
32 1824.9 km A Principia 
46 1813.3 km C JU 
25 1786.5 km C Nagoya 
43 1770 km A ANU 
18 1766.1 km A EcoPhoton 
20 1766.1 km A Durham 
82 1766 km A KUST 
7 1765.9 km A Adelaide 
5 1765.9 km A Singapore 
16 1765.9 km C Stanford 
28 1765.9 km A KNUT 
4 1765.9 km C Antakari 
70 1712.2 km C Aachen  not giving up!
37 1700.4 km C Goko 
71 1617.3 km C ITU 

Four leading cars in Coober Pedy. Where is Nuon? They left for Glendambo long ago. (photo: Steven Schubert)


WSC: Strung out across half a continent

Challengers and Cruisers in the WSC are strung out from Alice Springs to Glendambo. The map above (click to zoom) shows GPS positions extrapolated using GPS time lag and average speed. 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.

3 2394.9 km 81.5 kph 2396 km C Nuon  photo
2 2236.4 km 76 kph 2236.7 km C Michigan  update
21 2227.3 km 75.8 kph 2229.3 km C Twente  update
8 2224.1 km 75.7 kph 2226.6 km C Punch  video
10 2208.2 km 75.1 kph 2208.5 km C Tokai 
11 2082.6 km 69.6 kph 2083.6 km 4 Bochum 
40 2008.7 km 67.1 kph 2008.7 km 5 Eindhoven 
30 1980.4 km 66.3 kph 1982.3 km 2 Arrow 
38 1972.6 km 66 kph 1972.6 km A NWU 
35 1932.9 km 64.6 kph 1932.9 km 2 HK IVE 
75 1907 km 69.8 kph 1907 km A Sunswift  update
53 1886.1 km 63.1 kph 1886.1 km A Choctaw 
15 1865.8 km 62.4 kph 1865.8 km C WSU  photo
45 1838.5 km 61.5 kph 1838.5 km A Lodz 
42 1803.7 km 60.3 kph 1803.7 km A TAFE SA 
88 1798.4 km 60.2 kph 1800 km C Kogakuin 
95 1796.6 km 60.1 kph 1799.1 km 2 Apollo  photo
94 1786.2 km 59.8 kph 1788.4 km 2 Minnesota  video
9 1782.5 km 59.6 kph 1782.5 km A PrISUm  update
52 1768.9 km 59.2 kph 1768.9 km A Illini 
32 1766.1 km 60.1 kph 1766.1 km A Principia 
22 1765.9 km 58.2 kph 1765.9 km A MDH 
5 1732 km 57 kph 1732 km A Singapore 
77 1717.3 km 56.5 kph 1718 km C Blue Sky 
46 1706.8 km 56.1 kph 1706.9 km C JU 
4 1704.7 km 56 kph 1704.8 km C Antakari 
49 1700.1 km 55.9 kph 1700.1 km A Siam Tech 
25 1666.4 km 54.8 kph 1666.6 km C Nagoya 
28 1659.5 km 54.6 kph 1659.5 km A KNUT 
7 1651.7 km 54.7 kph 1651.7 km A Adelaide 
82 1647.4 km 54.2 kph 1647.4 km A KUST 
16 1630.3 km 53.7 kph 1632.2 km C Stanford 
20 1617.3 km 53.6 kph 1617.3 km A Durham 
18 1617.3 km 55.7 kph 1617.3 km A EcoPhoton 
37 1582.3 km 52.1 kph 1584 km C Goko 
70 1569.5 km 51.6 kph 1570.8 km C Aachen  update
43 1496.2 km 49.3 kph 1496.2 km A ANU 
71 1493.9 km 49.2 kph 1495 km C ITU 

Clouds! (photo: Steven Schubert)


WSC: map update

A quick update: 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. best guess for true car position). Adventure-class teams 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.

3 2248.7 km 81.4 kph 2249.4 km C Nuon  photo
2 2142.4 km 76.2 kph 2144.3 km C Michigan  update
21 2139.8 km 76.1 kph 2140.1 km C Twente  update
8 2126.2 km 75.6 kph 2127.1 km C Punch  video
10 2118.3 km 75.4 kph 2119.8 km C Tokai 
11 1948.4 km 69.3 kph 1949.2 km 4 Bochum 
75 1907 km 69.8 kph 1907 km A Sunswift  update
40 1861.3 km 66.3 kph 1863.6 km 5 Eindhoven 
30 1835.8 km 65.3 kph 1837 km 2 Arrow 
35 1800 km 64.1 kph 1802.3 km 2 HK IVE 
38 1784 km 63.6 kph 1784 km A NWU 
15 1765.9 km 62 kph 1765.9 km C WSU  photo
45 1765.9 km 61.7 kph 1765.9 km A Lodz 
53 1727.3 km 60.4 kph 1727.3 km A Choctaw 
88 1721.7 km 60.2 kph 1723.7 km C Kogakuin 
95 1711.3 km 59.8 kph 1711.9 km 2 Apollo  photo
94 1709.2 km 59.7 kph 1709.6 km 2 Minnesota  video
9 1701.6 km 59.5 kph 1701.6 km A PrISUm  update
42 1694.3 km 59.2 kph 1694.3 km A TAFE SA 
52 1691.6 km 59.1 kph 1691.6 km A Illini 
22 1671.6 km 58.4 kph 1671.6 km A MDH 
32 1667.9 km 58.5 kph 1667.9 km A Principia 
49 1617.3 km 57.2 kph 1617.3 km A Siam Tech 
5 1603.1 km 56 kph 1603.1 km A Singapore 
77 1600.9 km 55.9 kph 1601 km C Blue Sky 
28 1599.2 km 56.5 kph 1599.2 km A KNUT 
4 1593.7 km 55.7 kph 1593.8 km C Antakari 
46 1591.5 km 55.7 kph 1593.6 km C JU 
18 1591.9 km 55.7 kph 1591.9 km A EcoPhoton 
25 1566.8 km 54.8 kph 1568.9 km C Nagoya 
82 1561.5 km 54.6 kph 1561.5 km A KUST 
16 1530.8 km 53.5 kph 1532.2 km C Stanford 
70 1493.7 km 53 kph 1518 km C Aachen  update
37 1499.6 km 52.4 kph 1501.1 km C Goko 
43 1497.4 km 73.7 kph 1497.4 km A ANU 
20 1494.1 km 52.2 kph 1494.1 km A Durham 
71 1448.5 km 49.8 kph 1450 km C ITU 
7 1072.3 km 136.2 kph 1072.3 km A Adelaide 

Desert flowers (photo: Steven Schubert)


WSC: Nuon passes 2,000 km

Day 4 of the WSC opens with clouds, rain, and the threat of thunderstorms. Best of luck to all the teams in this difficult situation!

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). Adventure-class teams 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.

3 2010.8 km 81.6 kph 2014.3 km C Nuon  photo
2 1898 km 77 kph 1900.3 km C Michigan  update
21 1888 km 76.5 kph 1888.3 km C Twente  update
8 1865.8 km 75.6 kph 1866.2 km C Punch  video
10 1862.9 km 75.5 kph 1864.7 km C Tokai 
11 1718.2 km 68.2 kph 1718.7 km 4 Bochum 
40 1652 km 65.6 kph 1652.3 km 5 Eindhoven 
75 1637.6 km 163.2 kph 1637.6 km A Sunswift 
30 1603.7 km 63.8 kph 1606.1 km 2 Arrow 
35 1589.4 km 63.2 kph 1591.8 km 2 HK IVE 
15 1555.4 km 61.8 kph 1557.4 km C WSU  photo
88 1551.7 km 66.9 kph 1551.7 km C Kogakuin  bad GPS
9 1519.4 km 60.4 kph 1519.4 km A PrISUm  update
95 1493.7 km 59.8 kph 1507 km 2 Apollo  photo
94 1499.2 km 59.6 kph 1501.9 km 2 Minnesota  video
43 1497.4 km 73.7 kph 1497.4 km A ANU 
28 1496.2 km 59.5 kph 1496.2 km A KNUT 
18 1495.4 km 100.7 kph 1495.4 km A EcoPhoton 
38 1493.9 km 59.4 kph 1493.9 km A NWU 
45 1493.7 km 62.1 kph 1493.7 km A Lodz 
42 1493.7 km 59.3 kph 1493.7 km A TAFE SA 
53 1493.5 km 58.4 kph 1493.5 km A Choctaw 
20 1492.3 km 59.7 kph 1492.3 km A Durham 
22 1491.3 km 59.6 kph 1491.3 km A MDH 
77 1457.1 km 56.7 kph 1457.3 km C Blue Sky 
46 1456 km 56.7 kph 1456.3 km C JU 
25 1451.2 km 56.5 kph 1451.4 km C Nagoya 
32 1448.6 km 56.5 kph 1450.3 km C Principia 
4 1446.7 km 56.4 kph 1448.7 km C Antakari 
5 1447 km 56.4 kph 1447 km A Singapore 
82 1426.9 km 55.6 kph 1426.9 km A KUST 
52 1408.2 km 54.8 kph 1408.2 km A Illini 
70 1402.8 km 54.7 kph 1404.6 km C Aachen  photos
49 1402.3 km 54.7 kph 1402.3 km A Siam Tech 
16 1390.8 km 54.3 kph 1395.3 km C Stanford 
37 1358.9 km 131.3 kph 1358.9 km A Goko 
71 1336 km 52.1 kph 1337.4 km C ITU 
7 1072.3 km 136.2 kph 1072.3 km A Adelaide 

Twente wakes up after the rain


WSC: Tuesday night

The end of WSC race day 3, and it’s been absolute carnage. There are only 6 cars left in the Cruiser class, and it’s difficult to compare their scores since they haven’t all travelled the same distance (Eindhoven is well ahead, though). In the Challenger class, we are down to 15 cars. I will give some further analysis on them in my next post. However, it’s beginning to look like the new rules might have been a step too far for many teams.

The map above (click to zoom) shows raw GPS positions (teams have stopped for the night). The table below shows team numbers, raw road distance from Darwin, class (or number of seats for Cruiser class), team name, team social media links, and some links to pictures or videos. Adventure-class teams are included. For a live map of raw GPS data, see the official tracker.

3 1915.1 km C Nuon  video
2 1817.7 km C Michigan 
21 1804.2 km C Twente  video
10 1785.9 km C Tokai  – see next post
8 1783.1 km C Punch 
75 1637.6 km A Sunswift  Adventure
11 1634 km 4 Bochum 
40 1583.7 km 5 Eindhoven  photo
88 1551.7 km C Kogakuin  – see next post
15 1551.7 km C WSU  – see next post
30 1531.9 km 2 Arrow 
28 1497.5 km A KNUT  Adventure
43 1497.4 km A ANU  Adventure
95 1497.2 km 2 Apollo 
42 1497.1 km A TAFE SA  Adventure
38 1497 km A NWU  Adventure
53 1494.8 km A Choctaw  – Adventure
18 1493.1 km A EcoPhoton  Adventure
22 1490.4 km A MDH  Adventure
35 1490.4 km 2 HK IVE 
94 1477.7 km 2 Minnesota 
4 1424.6 km C Antakari 
77 1398.8 km C Blue Sky 
25 1398.8 km C Nagoya  – see next post
9 1398.8 km A PrISUm  Adventure
46 1398.8 km C JU 
16 1372.5 km C Stanford 
70 1367.3 km C Aachen 
37 1358.9 km A Goko  – Adventure
45 1358.8 km A Lodz  Adventure
5 1358.8 km A Singapore  Adventure
82 1358.8 km A KUST  Adventure
20 1358.7 km A Durham  Adventure
32 1338.7 km C Principia 
52 1299.7 km A Illini  Adventure
49 1299.6 km A Siam Tech  Adventure
71 1278.5 km C ITU 
7 1072.3 km A Adelaide  Adventure

Eindhoven and Bochum at Barrow Creek