Friday, November 16, 2007

Images from WSC 2007

The Race Crew is arriving back in the States and Continuum has completed around 1/3 of it's 1.5 month journey back to the US. Continuum will make a brief stop for an event in LA before being transported back home to Ann Arbor, MI. The Team is busy preparing for the 2008 North American International Auto Show where Continuum will sit on display between the 19th and 27th of January.
We've gathered an amazing amount of pictures from our journey across the Outback and, thanks to continued work with RCom Networks, we'll be releasing another documentary about The University of Michigan Solar Car Team, this time featuring our work with Continuum in WSC 2007. Details to come early next year.
In the meantime, by popular request, here's a collection of images from WSC '07:
Above: Continuum ready to start racing at 8:10am on October 21st, 2007.
Above: The public lined the barriers exiting the start line in Darwin

Above: The array experienced significant damage following an accident close to the start line. By far the most serious damage was seen in the front steering bulkhead which supports the vehicle's steering system. More than 50% of the carbon plate delaminated during the crash, rendering the car undriveable and requiring delicate repairs.

Above: Race Crew member sleeping in the semi between work shifts while repairing Continuum's body, steering, and array. Repairs were complete by 8:00am the next day.

Above: The engineering team spent all night after day 2 repairing extensive damage to the electrical system after experiencing a battery short caused by the accident the day before
Above: Continuum charging after a successful day on the road

Above: Booster module being installed during a control stop

Above: Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees F in the Northern Territory

Above: Spencer drives Continuum to the end of timing
Above: Race Crew sings the Victors at the end of timing

Above: Continuum Team at the ceremonial finish line in downtown Adelaide

Continuum averaged 89 kph during the second half of the race, finishing the 1500 kilometer stretch 45 minutes faster than our 2005 vehicle despite regulation changes. The vehicle passed nearly 30 Teams, making up between 7 and 10 hours of race time on its nearest competitors over 3,000 kilometers. Even after more than 10 hours of repairs, Continuum finished 7th place in the Challenge Class, only 9 minutes behind the 6th place Team, 47 minutes behind the 5th place Team, and 3 hours 47 minutes behind the 4th place Team.



Anonymous car parts nanny said...

Many countries today are discovering the solar power as an alternative of fuel. Many studies had already done in the pass stating that this could be the answer to our long time problem. In the Philippines, they already launched a solar powered public utility vehicle that could replace the fueled ones.

November 28, 2007 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger guide2myspace said...

Wow.. 89 KPH is fast anyway. I just wish my car ran on solar energy and could go 89 KPH.

December 22, 2007 at 3:14 PM  
Anonymous bronegod said...

>Continuum Team at the ceremonial finish line in downtown Adelaide
Super foto!!! Thanks.

May 25, 2008 at 2:44 AM  
Anonymous Simmons said...

Nice stuff. I wrote about you guys (I think) after the World Solar Challenge.

May 25, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger red earth said...

I'm writing on behalf of Solar Energy review, a new magazine on solar energy in India. It address the critical questions about solar energy and the need switch to sustainable energy source for our developmental goals.

For the second issue of the magazine, I'd like to feature WSC as an innovative platform to promote solar fuelled cars. I'd also like to include a picture from your website.
I wanted to know if it is ok or do you have any copyright issues.

Thanks and regards,

January 9, 2009 at 1:36 AM  

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