Category Archive: Updates

Oct 24

Crossing the finish line

What an amazing day! We completed the 3,000 km journey from Darwin to Adelaide purely on solar. Hayley drove the final 74 km to the finish line at Victoria Square and we all posed under the banner before running and jumping in the city fountain. While we had to spend the rest of the day packing …

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Oct 23

Almost to Adelaide

G’day mates! Yesterday we had a smooth run into Coober Pedy. I started in the car and drove about 180 km before Jackson switched in. We stopped for thirty minutes of charging in Coober before continuing on down the road to Glendambo. Just before 5pm, with literally milliseconds to spare, we pulled into Glendambo. Luckily, …

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Oct 21

Day 4: outside Coober Pedy

Cheers solar enthusiasts! Quick update today because we had a very smooth, relatively uneventful day. Hayley started the day behind the wheel at 1432, just over 60 km from Alice Springs. After the thirty minute required stop at the Alice Springs checkpoint, I got in the car headed to the next checkpoint, Kulgera, the last …

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Oct 20

Day 3: closing in on Alice Springs

G’day mates! Today was another perfect day…minus the flies and some late afternoon cloud coverage. So, almost perfect. Anyway, we left this morning from 903 km and had a quick 85 km run into Tennant Creek with myself behind the wheel of Ra 9! Let me just say – it was pretty cool to drive …

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Oct 19

Day 2: 903 km down

G’day mates! Today was a great second day of racing. Hayley started out in the car taking off from our landing spot at 446 km. We took the day slow, targeting amp draw as opposed to a particular speed in order to help our battery pack recover a bit and build the pack back up. …

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Oct 18

WSC – Race Day 1

G’day solar enthusiasts! We had a very exciting day at the track yesterday for qualifying. Every team was required to have one driver complete a warm up lap followed by a timed hot lap to determine pole position. Then the cars had to complete a u-turn, lane change, and breaking test. We were about the …

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Oct 16

Dynamic Prep

Cheers solar enthusiasts! Yesterday we officially completed scrutineering and received the clear to start! We were very happy to pick up our five additional support team members from the airport, Jen & Bill Dale, Chris O., Trey McCartt and James Hill, the representative from ITC Global who brought us Australian CB radios and our satellite …

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Oct 15

WSC Scrutineering

Cheers solar enthusiasts! Tuesday was a great day in Darwin. We began the morning finishing up preparations for scrutineering. We also got out on the track for a 30-minute session with Hayley behind the wheel. We loaded the car and were ready to go an hour before our scheduled time, so we decided to head …

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Oct 15

G’day Mates! Day 1 Down Under

Hello solar enthusiasts! All the students have arrived in Australia. We are still awaiting the arrival of our beloved support crew Chris, Trey, Jen, and Bill who will all arrive on Thursday. Yesterday, after dropping luggage at the bungalow-like accommodations, we headed to the Hidden Valley track. Our pits were already set up thanks to …

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Jul 31

FSGP Results

Howdy solar aficionados, It’s been a great week down here in Austin at the Formula Sun Grand Prix. After three days of scrutineering and three days of track racing, we’ve all grown individually and collectively as a team. We made steady progress Thursday morning, but with track temperatures approaching 120 degrees, we prioritized preserving our equipment, sending …

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