Sunday, June 01, 2008

NASC 2008 Mock Race Day 1

I write this post from the road as we drive north from Dallas, Texas on the first day of Mock Race. The morning went very smoothly starting at precisely 9am from the race start in front of the Plano Centre.

Our semi outside the Plano Centre

Today things started very smoothly and it is a wonderful sight to see Continuum traveling at the speed limit on the road passing other cars!

The public apparently enjoys it as many cars continue to slow down and cruise next to the car as windows are rolled down and cell phone cameras extend out.

People passing slowed down to take photos,
many using their cellphones!

However with the crazy weather patterns, our strategists have been working to sort out the various storm systems we have been running in and out of. We have hit some rain and we are ready to face the rain again, if necessary. Overall, we are managing the storms well and still gaining a charge when the sun shines through! More updates later tonight!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job guys and gals, keep up the good work!

June 1, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

Here's a recent email to the Solar Car address (


I just wanted to write and tell you how utterly surprised I was to be driving North down Hwy 69, about 10 miles south of McAlester, Oklahoma on Sunday, Jun 1, when I pulled up behind an escort with their lights blinking and seeing a sign that said "caution: solar vehicle".

As I passed the rear escort and was able to see the vehicle itself, I thought I had to be seeing things. It looked like a spaceship had landed and was just cruising down the highway.

Never before have I experienced a site like that and I just wanted to say how impressed I was to be one of very few people to witness such an incredible vehicle in action.

If this is the vehicle of the future, I look forward to being able to say that I saw it in 2008 in Oklahoma...first!

Thanks for the unforgettable experience!

Robin Archer
Henryetta, Oklahoma

June 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awesome, I love to see that the American public is becoming more and more interested in solar racing

June 1, 2008 at 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kids and I were visiting family in Oklahoma when we were going to Durant . I passed the semi with the car and realized what was in front of us. My oldest son just turned 8 and has been studying anything to do with science and dinosaurs since he was 3. I pointed out the hybrid SUV and then explained what they were protecting. I then pointed out the solar panels and the car. Once we passed the cars he made me pull over so we could see it again. He was interested in where the driver was and why the shape. We were discussing that when the car drove by us. The people in the SUV's and the driver of the car waved. It made my son's day. He was so excited that he wants me to get involved in the high school version of the solar car challenge. He also wants to do more science stuff with scouts and after school in my room.

I would like to thank the drivers and riders for making his day.

Tammy McDaniel
Community High School
Science Department Chair.
Nevada Texas 75173

June 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous MAX ROSS said...

You guys are heros! Its comments like those from Robin Archer and Tammy McDaniel that make me proud to have been part of this team. Keep up the great work and keep up giving the team, Michigan, and engineers in general a great name!

-Max Ross

June 3, 2008 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger sacekimi said...

This is awesome, I love to see that the American public is becoming more and more interested in solar racing

June 29, 2008 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger sacekimi said...

This is awesome, I love to see that the American public is becoming more and more interested in solar racing

June 29, 2008 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Mark Briody - Carpet Cleaning Sydney said...

This is wonderful to see. I love the idea of solar energy and I can only hope someone invents something in my industry of carpet cleaning where we use fuel run machines every day that pollute the air we breathe.

It's unfortunate that such a wonderful energy is available but is never used in my line of work.

I'm sure no one has ever thought of it but our fuel run machines sometimes run for over 8 hours a day and up to 6 or even 7 days a week. Not that is a lot of pollution.

Good on you for proving there can be another way as you are an inspiration to us all.

Mark Briody,
Sydney Australia

August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Teal Reid said...

Keep up the good work. It is good to see people interested in reducing greenhouse emissions as well as battling the high price of fuel these days. What's best is that interest has sparked some action! While you get the kinks worked out, there is plenty people can do to reduce emissions and save on gas...its a team effort though, everyone should look into resources like this website, which was built to aid the public in saving on fuel and reducing the deadly pollution caused by our vehicles. .

September 22, 2008 at 12:06 AM  

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