Monday, October 22, 2007

Tennant Creek Control Stop

Continuum has just passed through Tennant Creek. The trip from Dunmarra was made without any stops along the way, indicating that the electrical repairs were successful! This control stop was only open for another 2 hours so Continuum arrived with perfect timing. So far this morning we have already passed around 10 teams!

Looking ahead, our weather crew told us that it is raining around Alice Springs. After the crash, water proofing was a concern so the engineers ensured that the car would not have any problems with rain during the Tennant Creek control stop.

Meanwhile, Jeff Ferman and Brian Ignaut have gone ahead to Alice Springs. They will work out how the Alice Springs Control stop will work for our Team after the set backs from the accident. Generally this stop is used as a halfway point where cars are able to recharge their batteries for most of Tuesday. Unfortunately due to the accident we will be arriving as the Challenge Class vehicles leave. We hope to gain some time after other Challenge Class vehicles leave to charge our batteries. More to come!

Go Blue!



Blogger Frederic Barthelemy said...

Yeeha! Keep it up, we're eating at the lead.

Go Blue!

October 23, 2007 at 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It great to hear that we're passing other vehicles, and it must feel even better for the race crew.

And at the same time, showing Stanford how passing is done. ;)

October 23, 2007 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger H. Michael said...

The only thing to say is GO BLUE!!

It's as though you have Mike Hart pushing the vehicle :)

Michael Buhler
LS&A '84

October 23, 2007 at 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


go michigan! but leave Stanford out of it for now anonymous.

October 23, 2007 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger jose said...

From WSC:

Continuum is in 22nd overall, 11th in the Challenge class. Good job guys! Keep it going!


October 23, 2007 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Rainey said...

Nice recovery. Way to stay focused! Go Fast, Go Smooth (and safe), Go Blue!

October 23, 2007 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Does anyone know if Michigan has filed a protest to get a credit for a portion or all of the time spent fixing the car?

October 23, 2007 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I asked about the incident with Michigan and was told that the Stanford convoy never came to a stop and claims no culpability in the collision between their lead vehicle and their solar car. Their race observer agrees. Michigan has started up again and seems to be passing by teams that have even had a day's head start. We all hope that the race officials grant them a clock reset."



October 23, 2007 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Ron Lambert said...

It is great to learn that after losing most of the first day due to the accident, the UM team has still passed ten teams already. How sweet it would be if before race's end, they pass Stanford!

October 23, 2007 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How would that be fair in any sense for the rest of the teams competing that didn't crash into their lead vehicle?

My recallection of past solar races is that solar cars can always stop faster than the cars in the accompanying caravan. What happened really shouldn't be the fault of anyone but the drivers in the caravan and their communication with one another.

October 23, 2007 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous TC Lambert said... shows some cloudiness between Alice Springs and Adelaide. It should affect the leaders more than it does Michigan. We could use more clouds. Continuum's array should show its superiority in cloudier weather. The concentrators should be able to squeeze more energy out of dim light than a normal array. Everybody project thoughts of rain toward the Alice Springs to Adelaide corridor. Think crosswinds, too.

Team Nuon reports that they have had problems, too. They replaced a shock absorber. There were clouds and strong winds. They blew a tire. And Oliver van der Meer needs a haircut.

October 23, 2007 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous TC Lambert said...


Where are the prictures? We want jpegs!

-TC Lambert

October 23, 2007 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Joyce and Bruce Hammond said...

Go Blue! Team...look ahead and be positive about reaching Alice Springs. Speedy repairs...great teamwork...currently 11th in Challenge Class! YOU CAN DO IT!

October 23, 2007 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sphrnfegoqzzxMichigan Fans....

Honor your teams fantastic efforts and all they do to be the best.

I do not hear the team whine so step up and support them.. they deserve more than a slap at Stanford or anyone else
Go Michigan!!!

At the 2005 WSC, after a crash I
heard a team tell Michigan " we are not through......Were _ _ _!

Michigan is not through either....

Go Michigan!!!!!

October 23, 2007 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous tc lambert said...

Tchah! Of course Michigan's not through. Alice Springs at 1489 km from Darwin is a little less than halfway. IF Michigan gets to proceed thru AS as if it were a regular control stop, and IF there are cloudy skies to slow down the leaders, Continuum, with its revolutionary concentrators, can catch up.

Realistically, the weather looks clear enough the leaders may be able to stick close to the speed limit, in which case they can't be caught. The rule changes apparently didn't handicap these clever engineers enough. They are still bumping up against the glass ceiling of the speed limit.

Wait, I feel a prediction coming on . . . Nuna comes in first, followed by Aurora, with Michigan third. Is that a prediction, or just history repeating itself? And where's Umicore?

I also foresee protests and asterisks, and even more excitement in 2009.

-TC Lambert

October 23, 2007 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger dearmania said...

to TC L -

re: Oliver van der Meer needs a haircut...i hope he listens to his mother...or at the least keeps all his hair tucked in his helmet while driving ;-)

i too am following other teams, especially Annesley College's EOS.

October 23, 2007 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger dearmania said...

'unofficial' but according to

Continuum left Alice Springs at 2007-10-24 11:17:00

reading that info just made my hard pound!

October 23, 2007 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger jose said...

According to WSC Blog:

Michigan left Alice Springs at 11:17 in 8th (!!!) in the Challenge class. We are 47 minutes behind Leeming and 22 mintes in front of Calgary.

Go Blue!

October 23, 2007 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oliver van der Meer didn't get his haircut in Alice to reduce his weight (a joke), no time for him to read the blogs, and continued racing fast and furious with all his red hair. He really enjoyed talking to your teammates in Alice on was even shown on Dutch TV !
Some of his best friends are @ U of M, while he is getting his Masters in Aerospace Technology @ TU-Delft.
Enjoying ALL blogs in the meantime ...... his Mom in Portland, OR

October 23, 2007 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger dearmania said...

leeming didn't leave ahead of Continuum...

and unless no other cars were delayed, we're in 7th

October 23, 2007 at 11:20 PM  

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