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Twente at Alice Springs

So you want to be a solar racer? You'll need a laptop and some string

World Solar Challenge On Sunday, Mark Winterbottom, Jamie Whincupp and Craig Lowndes stood on the podium after Australia's epic Bathurst 1000 race and waxed lyrical about the importance of their teams, and well they might: nobody driving against any kind of competition, whether race or challenge, goes far without their team. Out on the road, at the …
The finish line of the 2013 World Solar Challenge

Google peered through Glass during solar race

World Solar Challenge Vulture South is preparing a round-up of the 2013 World Solar Challenge and in the process something interesting has come up: Google. During the race, Solar Challenge officials whispered to Vulture South that they had an inkling Google observers were discretely talent-spotting as the caravan rolled on. At the Adelaide finish …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2013
Michigan celebrate in Adelaide. Pic: World Solar Challenge

Excessive wind bothers solar racers' rear ends

World Solar Challenge Team Nuon crossed the finish line to claim the 2013 World Solar Challenge - but plenty of other teams are still out there. And yesterday they endured a brutal day of driving in horrid weather. Wednesday's baking 42°C temperatures halved, but the wind swung around to buffet the cars from the front and sides. For an indication …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2013
Solar Team Eindhoven's Stella

Australian solar challengers lead two race classes

World Solar Challenge Four of Australia's five entries in the 2013 World Solar Challenge remain in contention after day five of racing, with two in contention for higher honours. The best-performing Australian car is that of Aurora Vehicle Association, which made it to Port Augusta last night and therefore leads the Adventure class. It's also ahead …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2013
Close-up of the new SunCat module

SOLAR SECRETS of WSC winner team Nuon

World Solar Challenge Although the World Solar Challenge is intended to be a challenge rather than a simple “race”, the quest to be first is one of the things that drives innovation. And, just as F1 gave the world disk brakes, some of the innovations helping to drive the World Solar Challenge will probably end up giving lessons and technologies to …
World Solar Challenge Route

Nuon on the brink of another World Solar Challenge win

World Solar Challenge The “Dutch oven”, Nuon Solar Team, is tantalisingly close to claiming Challenger-class line honours from its shadow since Darwin, Team Tokai from Japan. Passing the Atfinish of timing of the World Solar Challenge at 10:03 am Darwin time, at Angel Vale in Adelaide's suburban north, Nuon maintained its lead over Tokai. The …
Coober Pedy warning sign

Rumoured rain can't dampen sun-racers' spirits

World Solar Challenge Day five of racing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge will bring different challenges to participants. At the head of the field, leading teams will make it to the finish line today in the city of Adelaide, a cosmopolitan metropolis where they can expect to find any comfort they desire. At the rear of the field teams camped out …
Team BlueSky's flipped box

Canuck truck stuck in muck

World Solar Challenge The car-sized box containing tools and equipment for Canadian team Blue Sky Solar Racing's entrant in the World Solar Challenge today fell off its trailer and flipped over in the middle of the remote Australian desert. The Reg happened upon the scene not long after the accident, in which nobody was hurt, although team Blue Sky …
Michigan celebrate in Adelaide. Pic: World Solar Challenge

Australian teams burn up the road on solar car race

World Solar Challenge Video Four of Australia's five teams in the World Solar Challenge are still rolling towards Adelaide. Australia's leading contender is Team Arrow, which is now in seventh position among the Challenger class. The University of New South Wales' Sunswift is running second in the Cruiser class. Both spent last night somewhere south of …
Nuna7 WSC vehicle

Wheels literally FALL OFF solar race contender

World Solar Challenge If you doubt for a moment that central Australia is currently mad for solar energy, know that at the Hilton Hotel in Alice Springs a board offers information on the current temperature, wind speed and strength of sunlight expressed as watts per square metre*. Vulture South made it to the Hilton after sundown, so can't report …
Nuon Day Two

Nuon, Tokai maintain six-race rivalry

Day Two of the World Solar Challenge has ended with only a handful of the vehicles reaching the checkpoint at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs. The leading vehicle remains Nuon from the Netherlands (1,340 km covered), followed by Tokai University (1,332 km) and Team Twente (1,295 km). Stanford and the University of Michigan …
Team Nuon Day One

Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

After a stellar start to the World Solar Challenge, the fancied Nuon team from Delft has had to cop a ten minute penalty for breaking speed limits, while Japan's Tokai University entrant has been given a more serious 30 minute penalty. The penalties will probably put Solar Team Twente (also from The Netherlands) in the lead at …
The University Malaysia Pahang team world solar challenge car

Wacky racers – The Reg's guide to 2013's Solar Challengers

World Solar Challenge The World Solar Challenge kicks off today, with 36 solely-solar-powered cars about to attempt a 3,000km journey across Australia from the northern city of Darwin to Adelaide in the south. The Reg is following the race – and making some odd side trips you'll learn about soon – but with the cars on the starting line we felt it …
Artist's rendering of Resolution in the Outback. Pic:  Cambridge University Eco Racing

Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

World Solar Challenge Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER), Britain's sole entrant in the trans-continental World Solar Challenge starting tomorrow in Australia, has withdrawn its “Resolution” vehicle from the race. CUER entered the race with an innovative design featuring tilting solar panels, the better to catch the maximum amount of solar …
Artist's rendering of Resolution in the Outback. Pic:  Cambridge University Eco Racing

Unknown Aussie and Dutch family car spring solar surprise

World Solar Challenge Fancied teams have been shaded by dark horse entries at the time trial prologue to the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Professor John Storey, the event's Chief Scientist, told The Reg the USA's University of Michigan, Japan's Tokai University, Italy's Onda Solare and Sweden's Jönköping University as teams to watch. Yet None …

Sun-seeking Cambridge boffins chase Solar Challenge car crown

World Solar Challenge Next Sunday sees the starter's flag fall on the 2013 World Solar Challenge, and on the grid in Darwin will be Cambridge University Eco Racing's Resolution - a sleek carbon-fibre monocoque chassis solar-powered vehicle, featuring a "game-changing" solar tracking system. Artist's rendering of Resolution in the Outback. Pic: …
Lester Haines, 4 Oct 2013
World Solar Challenge Route

All roads lead to Darwin ahead of solar challenge flag-fall

World Solar Challenge Australia's second Cruiser-class entry for the World Solar Challenge has joined the teams converging on Darwin for next weekend's start of the World Solar Challenge. TAFE SA's SolarSpirit 3 is the technical education body's third shot at the challenge, and its compliance with the Cruiser rule that there have to be at least …
ETS World Solar Challenge entry

North American teams land in Oz to race for the sun

World Solar Challenge Canada is about to dispatch its World Solar Challenge entry on its trip to Darwin, with the Ecole de Technologie Supérieure of Montréal – ÉTS – sending its tubular Eclipse 8 on its way. The Canadian team offers a stark contrast to the comforts of the Cruiser class, and even to most of the Challenger class cars. Its weight …

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