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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World Solar Challenge: dynamic scrutineering

The table below shows the lap times and speeds (assuming a 2,870 m track) for the World Solar Challenge cars in dynamic scrutineering. These times are now final.

The table also has links to photos and to team social media. The fifth column of the table shows the car class (or, for Cruisers, the number of seats). For more detailed information about the teams, see my annotated teams list. For comparison, the chart (click to zoom) shows 2015 lap speeds. It can be seen that several teams are running substantially slower than in 2015, although Singapore and Nagoya are a lot faster. Overall, speeds are about 93% of 2015 speeds for Challengers, and 90% for Cruisers (qualifying with all passengers aboard seems to have slowed Cruisers down):

2  2:19.5 74.1 kph 14 Cha Michigan 
3  2:14.1 77 kph 4 Cha Nuon 
4  2:48.0 61.5 kph 28 Cha Antakari 
5  2:30.3 68.7 kph 23 2-st Singapore 
7  2:17.3 75.3 kph 7 Cha Adelaide 
8  2:03.8 83.5 kph ★★★ Cha Punch 
9  2:32.1 67.9 kph 24 4-st PrISUm  – see video
10  2:19.4 74.1 kph 13 Cha Tokai 
11  2:16.8 75.5 kph 6 4-st Bochum 
12     Cha Cambridge 
14     3-st Flinders 
15  2:06.4 81.7 kph 3 Cha WSU  – see video
16  2:21.6 73 kph 16 Cha Stanford 
18  4:04.3 42.3 kph 35 Cha EcoPhoton 
20  3:09.4 54.6 kph 31 Cha Durham 
21  3:15.6 52.8 kph 32 Cha Twente  – see video
22  2:26.1 70.7 kph 21 Cha MDH 
23     4-st Tehran 
25  2:04.9 82.7 kph ★★ Cha Nagoya 
28  2:46.6 62 kph 27 Cha KNUT 
30  2:18.5 74.6 kph 9 2-st Arrow 
32  2:24.2 71.7 kph 20 Cha Principia 
34     Cha RVCE 
35  2:22.7 72.4 kph 19 2-st HK IVE 
37  2:38.6 65.1 kph 26 Cha Goko 
38  2:28.4 69.6 kph 22 Cha NWU 
40  2:22.1 72.7 kph 18 5-st Eindhoven  – see video
42  4:03.5 42.4 kph 34 2-st TAFE SA 
43  3:06.6 55.4 kph 30 Cha ANU 
45  2:35.8 66.3 kph 25 5-st Lodz 
46  2:51.7 60.2 kph 29 Cha JU 
49  4:18.1 40 kph 36 2-st Siam Tech 
52  5:06.7 33.7 kph 37 Adv Illini 
53     38 Adv Choctaw 
70  2:15.9 76 kph 5 Cha Aachen  – see video
71  2:19.1 74.3 kph 12 Cha ITU 
75  2:18.6 74.5 kph 10 4-st Sunswift 
77  2:18.3 74.7 kph 8 Cha Blue Sky 
82  2:21.8 72.9 kph 17 Cha KUST 
88  2:20.4 73.6 kph 15 Cha Kogakuin 
94  2:18.8 74.4 kph 11 2-st Minnesota 
95  4:01.5 42.8 kph 33 2-st Apollo  – see video

World Solar Challenge: scrutineering days 2 to 4

Green ticks in this updated table show the 32 World Solar Challenge cars which have passed static scrutineering as at Fri 22:23 (Darwin time).

The table also has links to photos and to team social media. The third column of the table shows the car class (or, for Cruisers, the number of seats). For more detailed information about the teams, see my annotated teams list. This video explains the scrutineering process, the official WSC social media feeds ( ) provide updates, and there is a (somewhat delayed) official table here.

2 Cha Michigan  – see photo
3 Cha Nuon  – see video
4 Cha Antakari  – some penalty time imposed
5 2-st Singapore  – see photo
7 Cha Adelaide  – see photo
8 Cha Punch  – see photo
9 4-st PrISUm  – see photo
10 Cha Tokai  – see photo
11 4-st Bochum  – see photo
12 Cha Cambridge  – tragically, Cambridge is out of the race
14   3-st Flinders  – see photo
15 Cha WSU  – see photo
16 Cha Stanford  – see photo
18 Cha EcoPhoton  – some penalty time imposed
20 Cha Durham  – see photo
21 Cha Twente  – see photo
22 Cha MDH  – see photo
23 4-st Tehran  – car did not arrive, due to shipping problems
25 Cha Nagoya  – see photo
28   Cha KNUT  – see photo
30 2-st Arrow  – see photo
32 Cha Principia  – see photo
34 Cha RVCE  – this car seems to have failed scrutineering
35 2-st HK IVE  – see photo
37 Cha Goko  – some penalty time imposed
38 Cha NWU  – see photo
40 5-st Eindhoven  – see photo
42   2-st TAFE SA  – see photo
43   Cha ANU  – some penalty time imposed
45 5-st Lodz  – see photo
46 Cha JU  – some penalty time imposed
49   2-st Siam Tech  – see photo
52 Adv Illini  – see photo
53 Adv Choctaw  – car did not arrive, due to shipping problems
70 Cha Aachen  – see photo
71 Cha ITU  – see photo
75 4-st Sunswift  – see photo
77 Cha Blue Sky  – see photo
82 Cha KUST  – some penalty time imposed
88 Cha Kogakuin  – see photo
94 2-st Minnesota  – see photo
95   2-st Apollo  – see photo


World Solar Challenge: scrutineering in progress

Dark squares in this table show the cars in the World Solar Challenge which have been scheduled for scrutineering up to Tuesday Oct 3. Light squares show teams scheduled for Wednesday Oct 4. Green ticks show teams that have passed static scrutineering. There are also links to photos and to team social media. The third column of the table shows the car class (or, for Cruisers, the number of seats). For more detailed information about the teams, see my annotated teams list. Blogger MostDece has posted the complete scrutineering schedule, and this video explains the scrutineering process.

2 Cha University of Michigan 
3 Cha Nuon Solar Team 
4 Cha Antakari Solar Team 
5 2-st Singapore Polytechnic  – see photo
7 Cha Adelaide University 
8 Cha Punch Powertrain Solar Team 
9   4-st Iowa State University (PrISUm) 
10 Cha Tokai University 
11   4-st Bochum University of Applied Sciences 
12 Cha Cambridge University  – tragically, Cambridge is out of the race
14 3-st Flinders University  – see photo
15 Cha Western Sydney Solar Team  – see photo
16 Cha Stanford Solar Car Project 
18 Cha MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton  – see photo
20 Cha Durham University  – see photo
21 Cha Solar Team Twente 
22   Cha MDH Solar Team  – battery problems
23   4-st University of Tehran  – no car yet
25 Cha Nagoya Institute of Technology  – see photo
28 Cha Korea National University of Transportation  – see photo
30   2-st Clenergy Team Arrow 
32 Cha Principia Solar Car Team  – see photo
34 Cha R.V. College of Engineering 
35 2-st Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education  – see photo
37 Cha Goko High School  – see photo
38 Cha North West University 
40   5-st Solar Team Eindhoven 
42   2-st TAFE SA 
43 Cha Australian National University 
45 5-st Lodz Solar Team  – see photo
46 Cha JU Solar Team 
49   2-st Siam Technical College 
52 Adv University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
53   Adv Mississippi Choctaw High School  – no car yet
70 Cha Sonnenwagen Aachen 
71 Cha Istanbul Technical University  – see photo
75 4-st University of New South Wales / Sunswift  – see photo
77 Cha University of Toronto / Blue Sky  – see photo
82 Cha Kookmin University Solar Team  – see photo
88 Cha Kogakuin University  – see photo
94   2-st University of Minnesota 
95   2-st Kaohsiung / Apollo 


World Solar Challenge: Shirts

Here is a decoding table for World Solar Challenge team shirts, grouped by red / orange / yellow / green / blue / violet / multi-coloured / black / white. I found such a table useful in my coverage of the American race last year. For more detailed information about the teams, see my annotated teams list.


World Solar Challenge: spotted in action

This updated table shows the 35 (out of 42) cars in the World Solar Challenge which have been spotted on the track or on the road as at 20:40 on Wed, Oct 4 (Darwin time). There are links to photos and to team social media. The third column of the table shows the car class (or, for Cruisers, the number of seats). For more detailed information about the teams, see my annotated teams list.

2 Cha University of Michigan  – see photo
3 Cha Nuon Solar Team  – see photo
4   Cha Antakari Solar Team 
5 2-st Singapore Polytechnic  – see video
7 Cha Adelaide University  – see photo
8 Cha Punch Powertrain Solar Team  – see photo
9 4-st Iowa State University (PrISUm)  – see photo
10   Cha Tokai University 
11 4-st Bochum University of Applied Sciences  – see photo
12   Cha Cambridge University  – tragically, Cambridge is out of the race
14   3-st Flinders University 
15 Cha Western Sydney Solar Team  – see photo
16 Cha Stanford Solar Car Project  – see photo
18 Cha MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton  – see photo
20 Cha Durham University  – see photo
21 Cha Solar Team Twente  – see video
22 Cha MDH Solar Team  driving with a temporary battery (problem described here)
23   4-st University of Tehran  – no car yet
25 Cha Nagoya Institute of Technology  – see photo
28   Cha Korea National University of Transportation 
30 2-st Clenergy Team Arrow  – see photo
32 Cha Principia Solar Car Team  – see photo
34 Cha R.V. College of Engineering  – see photo
35 2-st Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education  – see photo
37 Cha Goko High School  – see photo
38 Cha North West University  – see video
40 5-st Solar Team Eindhoven  – see photo
42 2-st TAFE SA  – see photo
43 Cha Australian National University  – see video
45 5-st Lodz Solar Team  – see photo
46 Cha JU Solar Team  – see video
49 2-st Siam Technical College  – see video
52 Adv University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  – see photo
53   Adv Mississippi Choctaw High School  – no car yet
70 Cha Sonnenwagen Aachen  – see video
71 Cha Istanbul Technical University  – see photo
75 4-st University of New South Wales / Sunswift  – see photo
77 Cha University of Toronto / Blue Sky  – see photo
82 Cha Kookmin University Solar Team  – see photo
88 Cha Kogakuin University  – see photo
94 2-st University of Minnesota  – see photo
95 2-st Kaohsiung / Apollo  – see photo