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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Continuum Accident

In the first hour of racing today, Continuum has had an accident. Spencer Bailey was the driver of Continuum, and aside from a small scratch on his leg, he is perfectly fine. After the Stanford Solar Car Team passed our Team, they stopped abruptly, causing our lead driver to stop, and Continuum to hit our lead vehicle.

As for the car, the concentrator canopy is cracked in multiple places and will be replaced with our spare. The front of the car will need to be repaired and the front solar modules replaced. There was also delamination seen in some of the front bulkheads.

The car is currently back at the test track in Darwin and will be repaired over the next day. At that point we will evaluate the condition of the car and decide whether it is safe to complete the race across the Outback. I will update you again on the status of the car after I speak to the Team in Australia later in the night.

Sincerely,

Tom Carroll
Interim Project Manager

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Nuna4 Fanclub said...

We're terribly, terribly sorry to read about Continuum's misfortune and apparent crash, reported by WSC @ 9.14 am local. It looked all so promising for them ....hope sincerely this doesn't mean the end of the race ! Global Cheerleaders4Nuna4, Portland OR

October 20, 2007 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

I'm sooooo glad no one was hurt. But at the same time I'm sad to hear we're out of the mix. Go Blue!

October 20, 2007 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Frederic said...

Our hearts are with you guys.

October 20, 2007 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's very nasty news! I hope you guys can repair Continuum and continue the race.

Good luck!

Jeroen Haringman
www.solarwebsite.nl

October 20, 2007 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger dearmania said...

i just got off the phone with deanna...

the team is working extremely hard to repair the car.

the team is waiting to hear from race officials concerning the crash. nothing like this has ever happened before...does the team start from the 'crash point' or at the start line?

WSC observers from both team's vehicles gave their statements to race officials.

Continuum is NOT worried about the protest filed against them.

GO BLUE!!!

October 20, 2007 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there, team, we're rooting for you!

Dr. Montgomery

October 20, 2007 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Team,
Just heard the news. Stick with it, you came this far, and you can keep it going! As always, those of us back here are thinking of you, and wishing we were there to help. If there's anything we can do, let us know.

October 20, 2007 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know the details of your incident, but I do remember some reckless Stanford driving in ASC '01. Hopefully that wasn't the case here.

October 22, 2007 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Ron Lambert said...

Has the UM team filed any complaint against the Stanford team, in light of its preciously stated (on its blog) dislike and resentment of the UM team because of UM's larger budget? Is there any word from the Australian government or from WSC officials about any actions (such as reprimand) to be taken against the Standord team? Or is everyone just content to believe that Stanford just happened to be the team that passed the UM team and then suddenly stopped?

October 23, 2007 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Kim Hammond said...

Hi Chris!

October 25, 2007 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the report from the Stanford Solar Car blog:

When Ryan pulled out of the starting line with Equinox, he ended up driving a good 10 minutes unprotected by our lead and chase vehicles through the busy streets of darwin. We ended up catching up with our solarcar as it was sitting in an intersection in the middle of traffic. Incidentally, about a minute after we passed through, University of Michigan's car had some kind of accident and ended up running into lead and effectively putting them out of the race, which is really too bad, as this year's team is loads and loads more friendly and outgoing than previous years, at least that's what we hear.

Apparently there has been some "bad blood" between the Michigan and Stanford teams in the past.

November 1, 2007 at 12:39 PM  

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