[Update October 19th, 09:00 UTC / October 19th 18:30 NT time]
The University of Michigan team put up an update about racing day three. The piece gives an interesting picture of life in a solar team hurtling through the outback. Quoting from the article:
“We plunged deeper south into the Outback. The trees grew shorter and shorter with each passing mile until the caravan penetrating the Outback proper. The land is markedly harsher with each mile taken south toward Adelaide.”
“At this location we’re just a few dozen miles past the midway point of this brutal event. It has become clear to me that this is much more of an endurance race than I’d anticipated.”
“Another interesting difference in this 2011 race is the camaraderie and sharing amongst the teams. Each morning, blasting from their premium sound system, the Nuon team surprises us with some carefully selected anthem that celebrates America. This is a fun event and with the gorgeous Australian backdrop, this has to be one of the most unique competitions in the world.”
They’re also optimistic about the battle for first place:
“Even though the Tokai team has a substantial lead on Michigan – as well as the Nuon team hailing from the Netherlands) it is by no means an insurmountable lead. Anything can happen out here in this rugged land and from what I’ve seen, it probably will.”
The Calsol team put up a somewhat downbeat update about their racing day three. They are suffering from technical problems with their MPPTs and solar panel. A faulty battery cell caused the car to shut down on racing day two, and the team had to break the battery seal to fix this. According to the provisional results they are at position 24, having to trailer their car a part of the way.
On their website they did write something that fills me with pride:
“…but for updates on all of the teams involved http://www.solarwebsite.nl/ is the best source. Leading up to the race they provided excellent coverage on all of the team’s build progress and they continue to update on the developments in the race (although with a slight preference for the leading teams from the Netherlands).”
It’s very gratifying to one’s hard work (how much it may be) rewarded by the very people I admire. Thank you!