Monday, July 21, 2008

Standings as of Medicine Hat

Here are the current official standings from NASC:

Team             Time
Michigan     47:22:53
Principia    56:18:51
FH Bochum    58:43:32
Waterloo     59:05:33
Minnesota    60:30:16
Calgary      70:13:58
Missouri S&T 72:58:23
Iowa State   84:53:20
Red River    85:38:55
Kentucky     91:42:36
Arizona      94:54:11
Queens       101:18:35
Northwestern 104:30:51
Durham       121:27:28
Oregon State 121:42:48

And some quick calculations. Leader is the time behind the leader. Gap is the time behind the next place. These are my numbers, so please let me know if you find any errors.

Team             Time      Leader       Gap
Michigan     47:22:53    --------   -------
Principia    56:18:51     8:55:58   8:55:58
FH Bochum    58:43:32    11:20:39   2:24:41
Waterloo     59:05:33    11:42:40   0:22:01
Minnesota    60:30:16    13:07:23   1:24:43
Calgary      70:13:58    22:51:05   9:43:42
Missouri S&T 72:58:23    25:35:30   2:44:25
Iowa State   84:53:20    37:30:27  11:54:57
Red River    85:38:55    38:16:02   0:45:35
Kentucky     91:42:36    44:19:43   6:03:41
Arizona      94:54:11    47:31:18   3:11:35
Queens       101:18:35   53:55:42   6:24:24
Northwestern 104:30:51   57:07:58   3:12:16
Durham       121:27:28   74:04:35  16:56:37
Oregon State 121:42:48   74:19:55   0:15:20

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Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Whoa! That's a record 9-hour lead! Great job...Go Blue!

July 22, 2008 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Hostman said...

Wow. Just wow. I'm impressed. Now don't lose the fairings!

July 22, 2008 at 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Joe Belter said...

Well done team. Nice to see the note on lead brought some luck after Soiux Falls. Finish strong, it surely is a proud moment for the team and all our supporters.
GO BLUE!!!!!!!

July 22, 2008 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Congrats on your incredible time! It's great how I've been using your blog to get updates on times long before NASC updates... Best of luck on your last leg from the Kentucky solar team!

July 22, 2008 at 1:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amaizing, great teamwork.

July 22, 2008 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Steve! So much arithmetic. It all checks. You get an 'A.'

July 22, 2008 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Michigan did the Winnipeg to Medicine Hat stage in about 13:09. At 662 miles, that's a 50.3 mph avg. At 2132 miles overall, it's about a 45.0 mph avg. Somebody said with route changes, it's actually 2177 miles. That gives a 45.9 mph avg.

The record of 46.2 mph is still theoretically reachable.

Other teams must have taken penalties. The stage should have been a maximum of 18 hours. (9 to 6 the first day, 8 to 6 the second day, minus 1 hour for two checkpoint stops.) But, besides Michigan, only Waterloo (17 hours even) and Minnesota (17:32) came in under 18 hours. Bochum had 18:44 for the stage, Calgary 19:03, Missouri S&T 19:38, and Principia 20:43.

From their radio interview last night, we know Principia chose to take the penalty for coming in late (7:42 PM!) rather than take the trailering penalty, which would have been app. 12 hours. They saved something like 9 hours, so that's looking like a pretty shrewd move. Good enough to hold onto second place. If they had trailered in, they would have fallen to 5th place.

Principia is not out of the woods yet. They had terrible electrical problems yesterday, and limped in to Medicine Hat with empty batteries. That means they may run slower than they wish for this last leg of 187 miles. Bochum has a small chance to catch up. But Waterloo has a small to catch up to Bochum.

Calgary has moved up to 6th place. S&T fell to 7th. Iowa State moved up to 8th. Red River fell to 9th.

The first five teams managed to go the whole way without trailering. That is worthy of respect right there, with this stage, the longest, scheduled at only 2 days.

Michigan now has almost a 9 hour lead. At least one team has suggested (complained) that Michigan should be in a different class, so somebody else has a chance of winning. (How quickly they forgot 2005.)

The big difference, IMHO, is that Michigan built this car to compete in WSC '07, and consequently had over 5,000 miles of testing before the start of this race.

July 22, 2008 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

The team suggesting a separate U of M class also apparently forgot '03, when U of M didn't qualify, and that team won the race! But it doesn't matter much now... 9 hours. Wow. Just wow. For the historians out there, has any US race *ever* been quite like this? Amazing.

July 22, 2008 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Doug Carroll said...

Congratulations Michigan!! I believe that Continuum is the best solar car ever made in North America. You may or may not set the speed record of your 2005 car, but the 2005 rules allowed for a lot more charging time at the stage stops. Continuum may be the car to upset the Dutch team in WSC.

Good luck - hope you have a great run today.

July 22, 2008 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Kate Bateman said...

Wow, wonderful Job!

If Continuum keeps up at the speed it posted for the last leg, it should take roughly 3 hours and 45 ish minutes. Presuming they are leaving at 9 am Mountain Time from Medicine Hat. That would put them into Calgary at 12:45 ish. So 1:45 Central and 2:45 eastern.

Keep up the great work!

Go Fast,Go Smooth, Go Blue!

Kate Bateman

July 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Steve Cook said...

Well done guys and girls.
Make up the 4 minutes and 2 seconds and I will give you all permission to take the day off and have a beer.
An Australian beer of course.

July 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but I saw the comment earlier about Continuum and WSC. Is the team planning on rerunning Continuum for WSC 09 or is that the debut race for Infinitum (BTW, I like the name!)


July 22, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Good luck today - we wish we could greet you at the finish line. Go Blue!

July 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Michigan is working on InfiniUM right now. (Well, I hope the Infinium team back in Ann Arbor took a break to follow this race.) They tell me it will be a really sweet ride, better in many ways than ContinuUM. Maybe this one can dethrone King Nuon.

July 22, 2008 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Garrick Williams said...

Steve - It's been great to see you posting on here. I'm sure the team would like to take you up on your offer, though it's generally difficult to find decent Aussie beer (the only "Aussie" brand is generally Foster's, and that's brewed in the U.S. now). It's a sad state of affairs.

July 22, 2008 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow ... and ... [an awestruck] whoa, Continuum. Thank you for all the updates. Well done through this stage! Good luck today! Go fast, go smooth, Go Blue!


July 22, 2008 at 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Dave Masselink said...

Great job guys and gals. I know you will finish strong! I know I speak for everyone in saying how proud we are of all of you... seriously! It's amazing how different this race ended up being from the '05 race.

Be sure to take pictures of that teepee thingy in Medicine Hat... it might be the last chance you have to see such a fine structure.

Also, be sure to keep your cool on the final morning... things get hairy when you're too stressed with fighting penalties.

July 22, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Jose Alvarez said...

Did they already start? The tracker shows a vehicle peeling down the highway.

July 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Kate Bateman said...

I must have been mistaken. 8 am start? Subtract one hour from my projections... That would but them in Calgary roughly 11:45 Mountain, 12:45 central and 1:45 eastern. Go Blue!

July 22, 2008 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Hostman said...

My understanding is the Continuum is not going to race again after this NASC, and Infinium will be the new car starting in WSC '09. It's going to take a lot to beat Nuon ... they're faster than us by about as much as we're faster than everyone else in NASC (this year). Innovation along the lines of the concentrator system will help propel the team to victory, but don't expect it.

Garrick - we can get Cooper's here in Ann Arbor, just go to the Beer Depot...


July 22, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Charles Eichhorst said...

I reran my calculations it it looks like Momentum's record actually will be just out of reach. The 2132 miles to Medicine Hat was correct, not the 2177 I initially calculated. The total distance of the race, as far as I can tell, is 2319 miles. The Winnipeg to Medicine Hat stage was 602 miles. If you neglect the 1-hour penalty for not changing brake pads, then my numbers are correct, but officially setting a new record will have to wait until 2010.

Congratulations on running a great race and have a safe drive into Calgary. I'll clear a spot for the trophy case in the workspace.

Go Fast, Go Smooth, Go Blue!

July 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Charles Eichhorst said...

The car is rolling out now.

The tracker was showing the weather car earlier. Its correct now.

July 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goosebumps are just around the corner! I do envy those who get to be there.
Continue going fast, true, smooth, and blue, CONTINUUM!!!
(another anonymous)

July 22, 2008 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

This is just amazing! Great job Team, you're almost there.

July 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Jose Alvarez said...

Traffic Cams in the area show that its a cloudy overcast day, hopefully it will clear up by Calgary.

July 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Kathy Rogers said...

;This blog site has been wonderful. I can keep track of Jeff R. (sort of) and not use our shared phone minutes. I have enjoyed all the comments and keeping up-to-date on the race or rayce. You are pretty close to finish,so maybe you could carry the car the rest of the way, should something horrendous happen. Looks like you have been pretty smooth and fast and so blue! Jeff's Mom

July 22, 2008 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Oh no, error, error. (Mine, not Steve's.) Bochum only took 17:44 for the stage, within the 18 legal max. Es tut mir leid, meine Freunde. Und herzlichen Glückwunsch zu laufen wie ein gutes Rennen.

July 22, 2008 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Nader said...


On behalf of the 2001 M-Pulse team, congrats to you and the entire ContinuUM team for your tremendous win in the 2008 NASC. It was a phenomenal accomplishment and perhaps the largest margin of victory in Solar Car history. In reading your blog, we’re especially proud of the way in which you conducted yourselves as competitors and how you represented the University of Michigan across your journey.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Michigan Solar Car Team is an excellent launch pad to your future and we hope the bonds you form with your teammates will last for decades to come. Best of luck in your future endeavors as a group, as professionals, and as champion solar car alumni.

Go fast, go smooth, and GO BLUE!!!!


Nader Shwayhat
Project Manager (retired)
M-Pulse 2001
University of Michigan Solar Car Team

July 24, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

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