An interesting day yesterday where the rich (Quantum) got richer and the rest fell further back. Quantum had a short run into Normal thanks to pushing on to Logansport, IN the previous day. This allowed them to get to the Stage Stop and recharge batteries while other teams fought the weather and heat, slowing them considerably. Teams that arrived late, in Normal, didn't have much of a chance to charge as the weather closed in. Minnesota suffered some battery/heat issues while Illinois State had a battery melt down (after it was out of the car - we'll get to that in a moment). After some serious overnight storms, in northen Illinois, the day looks clear for the run to La Crosse, WI. Quantum holds over a seven (7) hour lead while the next four competitors are within five (5) hours of each other.
Quantum pulling a charge after arrving, @ 1:13 EDT, in Normal, IL.
Iowa State rolled in 1 hour and 45 minutes later.
CalSol (Berkeley) was third in at 5:02 EDT.
While other teams continue to roll in, Quuantum continues charging.
Images, above, courtesy of Ethan Lardner
Charles (Chuck) S. Hutchins has had a consistent presence on the U of M Solar Car Team for 22 years. Accompanying the Team on every race since the running of Maize and Blue in 1993, Chuck has maintained cultural and technical continuity that has motivated generations of Wolverines working in Ann Arbor. Chuck’s experience as an engineer (BSE MEAM ’57) and as an entrepreneur (co-founder of Manufacturing Data Systems Inc.) have proved priceless in the development of the 2011 vehicle, Quantum.
Thanks Chuck! Thanks a lot!
Stage 3 Board (after Stage Close):
Images, above, courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri
An overnight battery malfunction may knock Illinois State out of the ASC: LINK Let's hope Illinois State can figure out a way to continue.
It looks like a really nice morning in Normal. CalSol is charging. Quantum lurks in the background, also charging. Skies to the northwest look good.
Results after the Normal Stage Stop:
|Team # and Name||Ann Arbor Start 7/17||Kalamazoo Arrival 7/17||Normal Finish 7/18||Penalty Time||Stage 3 Elapsed Time|
|2 – Michigan||09:00:00||13:02:09||13:14:15||00:12:00||12:26:15|
|9 – Iowa State||09:03:00||13:29:33||14:57:33||00:10:00||14:02:33|
|254 – CalSol||09:04:00||15:08:08||17:02:08||00:02:00||16:04:08|
|256 – Oregon State||09:05:00||14:30:12||17:18:44||00:12:00||16:30:44|
|32 – Principia||09:02:00||14:15:17||17:57:00||00:15:00||17:12:00|
|35 – Minnesota||09:01:00||13:35:20||Trailer||04:01:03||22:01:03|
|20 – Western Michigan||09:06:00||14:26:34||Trailer||06:18:45||24:18:45|
|55 – Montreal||09:05:00||Trailer||10:46:39||28:46:39|
|5 – Illinois State||09:06:00||Trailer||11:33:27||29:33:27|
|28 – New Paltz||09:07:00||Trailer||12:12:09||30:12:09|
|4 – MIT||09:09:00||14:22:40||Trailer||21:29:33||39:29:33|
Quantum's penalites involve fan vehicles coming too close to the race cars or impeding support vehicles and/or traffic. I am unsure of the penalites for the other teams but wouldn't be surprised if they were for something similar.
A little hardware for winning Stage 3:
I'll do my best to keep everyone updated during the day. Go Quantum!
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American Solar Challenge Web Site: LINK
UPDATE: Hello Wisconsin!