I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The WSC for 2013 is over and Generation has finished. I cannot provide you with their final finishing position because the WSC hasn't posted the final results yet. I believe they retained ninth place. UPDATE: Ninth place is their confirmed finishing position.
Here, team members await Generation at the End of Timing. The EoT mark is actually outside of Adelaide so that cars don't have to try to race thru the congestion of city traffic. Hindmarsh Square is the actual finishing line but the ride into the heart of Adelaide is more ceremonial, kind of like the last day of the Tour de France.
Generation arrives at EoT:
Geneation in Hindmarsh Square:
I understand the the fountain, in the Square, was not working this year. It's tradition that the teams celebrate the completion of the race by taking a dip in the fountain. Kiddie pools were used instead.
As MGo inmate 'santy' posted in my Day 5 thread, the rules for the Challenger class are very different from years past. The cars were about 10 mph slower due to these changes. Some teams adapted better than others. While I'm sure they were hoping for a better result, the team still completed the race and even managed to fix significant damage. They have already started collecting data for the WSC in 2015. And, I'm sure they're started an after-action review to determine what they could have done better/differently to alter the outcome of this competition.
I want to thank all of you that chose to read my posts (and comment) during the football season. I'll admit, this is certainly not the sporting subject that's at the forefront of everyone's mind (me included).
Special thanks to inmates 'gbdub' and 'santy' who are two former UM Solar team members. I appreciate your input and comments that provide valuable insight into the car, the team and the sport itself. I hope I did not do it an injustice and if I offended anyone, it was not done intentionally.
I will try to embed a couple of videos from the Team. Thanks again, I'll be back next year, in July, for the American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Gran Prix. For those MGo inmates in Texas, the FSGP will be at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin TX. The Team would greatly appreciate your support. Go Blue.
Michigan rounded out its set of fall scrimmages on Tuesday (and then Mgoblue.com took two more days to post any results) with a 16-3 drubbing of EMU, the encore performance to last Thursday's 17-1 pounding of the Hurons. This puts Michigan at 7-0 for the fall, scoring 62 runs while allowing only 8. Obviously we're dealing with scrimmages against over-matched competition, but it is still encouraging to see the team put such a great effort on the field.
Mgoblue posted a brief Q&A with Coach Hutch & junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/101113aaa.html). I was not at all surprised to see Hutch talking up the senior leadership of Colie Sappingfield, who has been a key part of Michigan's team for several years now. Hutch also praised the pitching, especially singling out the addition of freshman Megan Betsa. Everyone knows this Michigan team can score runs, even with the loss of Ashley Lane's power, so if the defense can improve to match, we could be in for a fun season.
That's just about it for softball news until the season starts approaching in a few months. I'm expecting this team to do some great things as they look to defend their Big Ten Championship and get back to Oklahoma!
Congratulations to Nuna7 - Team Nuon. They are your World Solar Challenge Champs for 2013.
The top 4 remained static with Tokai Challenger (Tokai University), RED (Team Twente) and Luminos (Stanford) following Nuna7 over the Finish Line (End of Timing). Tokai gave RED and Luminos a little bit of false hope when they had to stop to charge their batteries, on course. As you can see from the picture above, it was a cloudy and rainiy day. Tokai miscalculated, obviously.
UM Solar spent the night repairing the damage caused by that cross wind gust.
After overnight repairs, Generation got back on the road. Here, they check out the repairs by doing some figure 8s in the parking lot.
After some tentiative running, they felt comfortable enough to manage 70 kph. They remain in 9th with the possibility of catching 8th (they're about 50 minutes back).
They have about an hour and fifteen minute lead on 10th. All things considered; that's very impressive. They still have more than 500 km to get to the finish. They have plenty of oppotunity to make up ground.
As I scan thru the Live chat sessions, I am starting to get a distinct flavor of disappointment and frustration from the former team members that participate. A few of them were mulling over the possible causes of why Generation doesn't seem to have the top speed that other teams are showing. The speculation is that the aero package is not right and is costing the car in terms of performance (speed and energy consumption). In all fairness, this is the first time UM Solar has built a 4 wheel car in a long time. Due to changes in the rules (because some teams experienced instability with three wheels) existing data sets, from which you can base calculations, aren't really valid. However, with the support of ex-team members these issues could have been addressed, quickly.
Yesterday's run had another natural factor causing issues; wind. Cross winds not only make things difficult due to aero but create mechanical trouble, too. Have a look at this tire:
That's worn right down to the Kevlar cords and perhaps past them. This is simply from the wind pushing the car sideways and the driver countersteering to keep the car on the road.
Sadly, those very same cross winds caught out Generation as they turned into the Coober Pedy control stop. A strong cross wind gust caught the car and forced it off the road, damaging it severely enough that they could not continue. The WSC is showing that the car was put on a trailer but that does not seem to be the case. The team will fix the car and they will finish.
The top five, again, remian static. Nuna7 and Tokai Challenger are approximately 125 km from Adelaide. That's just a few hours of racing left, for those two teams. What's far more interesting is the battle between RED (Team Twente), in third and Luminos (Stanford) in fourth. Fourteen minutes separates them on the clock. However, they're both about 300 km behind the front two. So, they've got a full day of racing, ~425 km, ahead of them. Even more interesting is the weather. According to some ex-UM Solar weather experts (and each solar team has a group of these folks), there will be increasing clouds and a significant possibility of rain as they approach Adelaide and the coast. So, the final results will be impacted by; weather, State of Charge (how much electricity in the batteries) and the ability to get a charge from the evening and morning sun. It should be an interesting finish.
SIAP but I didn't see this show up on the board recently. Michigan soccer beat OSU on Sunday 1-0 on an awesome goal by our own James Murphy. I am 100% naive to all things college soccer but this is a nice goal. OSU is apparently bad but who cares. Embed below
Well, I have to apologize. It would seem that there's been almost a media blackout for this version of the WSC. Previously, I could rely on team members and former team members to post to open chat sites. In this manner, I could glean information about how the car was running, strategy and their thoughts about the competition. This year is totally different. There are chat sites and they're populated with former team members (amongst others) but there are no current team members participating. So, everyone is totally in the dark about strategy, problems and general race conditions. This leads to lots of speculation but very little concrete information.
Unfortunately, Generation (UM Solar) dropped to 6th place yeaterday being passed by Indupol One (Punch Powertrain). They are about 3.5 hours behind the lead car, which remains, Nuna7. The top 4 remain static, with only the time gaps being dynamic.; Nuna7 (Team Nuon), Tokai Challenger (Tokai University), RED (Team Twente) and Luminos (Stanford University).
Given that Generation is more than two hours behind third place, it's looking pretty grim for a podium finish, this year. However, strange things happen when you're on the cutting edge of technology and this race is far from over.
|Position||Team||Arrival||Control Stop||Distance Travelled|
|1||#3 Nuna7||12:53||Kulgera||1766 Kms|
|2||#1 Tokai Challenger||13:13||Kulgera||1766 Kms|
|3||#21 RED||14:21||Kulgera||1766 Kms|
|4||#16 Luminos||15:06||Kulgera||1766 Kms|
|5||#8 Indupol One||16:17||Kulgera||1766 Kms|
|6||#2 Generation||16:32||Kulgera||1766 Kms|