OT(?): UMSolar - WSC Wrap-Up; an article and two videos

OT(?): UMSolar - WSC Wrap-Up; an article and two videos

Submitted by Bronco648 on January 28th, 2016 at 12:10 PM

A nice article concerning the team, courtesy of Intel: LINK

Two videos; one from Intel, which looks more closely at the team and the World Solar Challenge, and a second, from another corporate sponsor: Siemens. The second video is all about the WSC. If you ever wondered what that race is really like, you'll want to watch this video.

Big props to the current team, for maintaining an amazing winning tradition. The Top 4 teams finished within an hour of each other after 2500 miles of racing (from Darwin, on Australia's northern coast to Adelaide, on the southern coast - basically bisecting the country). The car (Aurum) posted the fastest finishing time, ever, for a UM Solar entry (38:54:09 @ 88.1 kph avg.). For comparison, Stanford University's entry finished 6th, 90 minutes later. The only other US teams (Principia & MIT) finished 17th and 23rd, respectively.

When you think about the Top 3, Dutch teams Nuon (winner) and Twente (2nd) are professionals while third place, Tokai University, has (deep) funding from Panasonic. Fourth place is rather impressive, to say the least. The students that comprise the team take the Fall semester off to compete in the WSC, the race takes up that much of their time.

This summer brings the American Solar Challenge where Aurum will be competing to win it's sixth straight championship. Go Aurum, Go Blue.

OT(?): UM Solar (Aurum) appears in latest Intel Commercial

OT(?): UM Solar (Aurum) appears in latest Intel Commercial

Submitted by Bronco648 on January 22nd, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Intel Commercial 2016 Experience Amazing Ludwig van Beethoven
Published on January 20, 2016

Intel Commercial 2016 Experience Amazing. To the remix of "Symphony No. 5" by Ludwig van Beethoven, Intel highlights many of the impressive technological advances of late that the company had a part in including a solar car, a dress seemingly made of butterflies, robotic prosthetics and motion and instrumental capture software.

Aurum appears at the 0:40 second mark and is on-screen for two seconds (0:40 - 0:42). Still, it's nice to see UM Solar getting some props, from a sponsor.

You may now return to 'crootin tidbits. =)

EDIT: Title modified by user request

UMSolar - Aurum - WSC Day 5 (Finish)

UMSolar - Aurum - WSC Day 5 (Finish)

Submitted by Bronco648 on October 22nd, 2015 at 9:15 AM

FINAL RACE DAY: A bittersweet ending

Michigan hung onto third place until the last 30 miles of their 1,800-mile journey.
Clouds had covered our campsite on the morning of the final race day, so the team wasn’t able to get as much of a charge as they would have liked. Nevertheless, the mood was cheerful. Silly, even.
“One sad sunbeam,” one team member said, pointing towards the mountains in the distance at a small opening in the clouds.
“It’s charging a cow,” another added.
But then, shortly after launch, some chatter about a motor came over the radio. It wasn’t clear there was a problem until we in the media van heard Aurum’s set speed was around 52 mph. The previous afternoon, we’d been doing 65 or higher.
Tokai’s Challenger was going 66. Uh-oh. It was quiet in our van...

More HERE.

The final Top 5:

1
#3 Nuna8 - Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands)
Location: Adelaide
Overall time: 37:56:12
Total distance: 3022

2
#21 Red One - Solar Team Twente (Netherlands)
Location: Adelaide
Overall time: 38:04:32
Total distance: 3022

3
#10 Tokai Challenger - Tokai University (Japan)
Location: Adelaide
Overall time: 38:50:07
Total distance: 3022

4
#2 Aurum - University of Michigan Solar Car Team (United States)
Location: Adelaide
Overall time: 38:54:09
Total distance: 3022

5
#8 Punch One - Punch Powertrain Solar Team (Belgium)
Location: Adelaide
Overall time: 39:19:00
Total distance: 3022

Final Timing Board HERE.

I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed that Aurum couldn't maintain a 12 mile lead on the last race day. Why couldn't the car go faster than 52mph? That question remains unanswered. Perhaps they didn't get enough of a charge and were concerned with draining the batteries, on course. What was the motor's issue? I don't know. Fourth overall versus the world is still impressive but this leaves a sour taste. For what it's worth, Stanford's team finished sixth, another good showing for the US.

UMSolar - Aurum - WSC Day 4

UMSolar - Aurum - WSC Day 4

Submitted by Bronco648 on October 21st, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Sprint to the finish

Camped between the Southern Ocean and the Flinders mountain range, Aurum is situated just 225 km from the finish line of a race that’s been two years in the making.
While they’d be proud to finish third, Michigan’s solar car team had higher ambitions this year. “I always say I want to beat the Dutch. Now there are two Dutch teams!” head strategist Leda Daehler said, scuffing the ground but smiling as she added, “Nothing’s impossible.”
That is true, but Aurum hasn’t sat in the same control stop with them since the Kulgera stop—it’s only ever been their names on top of the notice boards. And time gaps between them and us have grown larger each stop. They are over 50 minutes ahead. If they have enough charge in the morning, they can easily match our speed and stay far in front of us.

The last full racing day

What did sunrise bring the team?
Some clarity. “And better breakfast,” said crew chief Arnold Kadiu. Because the bread for lunch PB&J went moldy, some team members stopped by a grocery store in Alice Springs yesterday. They brought back muffins from the bakery to go with the typical energy shakes and cereal.
“It’s coming to an end,” he said. “It feels odd. But whatever happens, we’re doing our best.”

Sun strategy by the clouds

The Stuart Highway is meant for solar racing. Sun is abundant; it’s a blanket of sweet solar radiation to feed the solar car’s array. But it’s not without “atmospheric losses”—namely, dust like the red, powdery Outback dirt and the occasional cloudy weather.
How much does it matter? Jeff Cwagenberg, team meteorologist, believes it can change the course of a race. “Weather can make a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to finish the race, and even how well you perform compared to the competition.”
Cwagenberg and head strategist, Leda Daehler, work closely together over the course of the race to adjust their strategy to the weather. To strategists, the weather is both a resource and an opponent.

More HERE.

The Top 5:

1
#3 Nuna8 - Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands)
Location: Port Augusta
Overall time: 33:33:43
Avg. Speed: 93kph
Total distance: 2720km

2
#21 Red One - Solar Team Twente (Netherlands)
Location: Port Augusta
Overall time: 33:35:59
Avg. Speed: 92kph
Total distance: 2720km

3
#2 Aurum - University of Michigan Solar Car Team (United States)
Location: Port Augusta
Overall time: 34:15:25
Avg. Speed: 94kph
Total distance: 2720km

4
#10 Tokai Challenger - Tokai University (Japan)
Location: Port Augusta
Overall time: 34:46:13
Avg. Speed: 102kph
Total distance: 2720km

5
#8 Punch One - Punch Powertrain Solar Team (Belgium)
Location: Port Augusta
Overall time: 35:26:04
Avg. Speed: 92kph
Total distance: 2720km

Complete WSC Timing Board HERE.

UMSolar (Aurum) - Day 3

UMSolar (Aurum) - Day 3

Submitted by Bronco648 on October 20th, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Holding onto 3rd despite setback

While Michigan finished the end of Day 3 still in third place, the afternoon brought some challenges for the team. Not long after we in the media van had been discussing how impressive it was that the car hadn’t spent any time pulled over, word came over the radio that Aurum was stopped....
A few minutes after the dispatch, around 2:30 p.m., we caught up to the car in the shoulder, a blur of yellow hazard vests around it. Took the team just a few minutes to fix a mechanical issue with a tire well enough to continue. But it slowed Aurum down. The two Dutch leaders pulled ahead, still within sight of one another. Tokai was still behind Michigan, thanks, in part, to two ten-minute penalties.

Game-changing penalties

Race officials are being generous with penalties this year. Penalties involve teams being held back at control stops for varying lengths of time, depending on the infraction, while other teams pull out ahead. Official race observers ride in every team’s chase vehicle (which rides right behind each solar car.) If one of these observers sees a violation, they report it to headquarters in Adelaide. And there, officials decide how many minutes to sentence the team to.
Punch Powertrain received a full hour for a reckless driving maneuver that team members insist didn’t occur.
Tokai has received two 10-minute set-backs. The first for reckless driving of the team’s media vehicle and the second for an incident with Michigan.

Heading into familiar territory

Today, Aurum crosses the half-way point in the World Solar Challenge and the border into South Australia, a state crew chief Arnold Kadiu called “home turf” at the team meeting last night. It’s a windy, buggy place where the students spent eight grueling days in the Outback testing. (They weren’t able to do a traditional end-to-end mock race this year because of new race regulations.)
“We know this area better than any other team,” Kadiu said.

More from UMSolar: HERE.

The Top 5:

1
#21 Red One - Solar Team Twente (Netherlands)
Location: Kulgera
Overall time: 21:45:43
Avg. Speed: 91kph
Total distance: 1766km

2
#3 Nuna8 - Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands)
Location: Kulgera
Overall time: 21:45:53
Avg. Speed 91kph
Total distance: 1766km

3
#2 Aurum - University of Michigan Solar Car Team (United States)
Location: Kulgera
Overall time: 21:56:16
Avg. Speed: 92kph
Total distance: 1766km

4
#8 Punch One - Punch Powertrain Solar Team (Belgium)
Location: Kulgera
Overall time: 22:06:15
Avg. speed: 94kph
Total distance: 1766km

5
#10 Tokai Challenger - Tokai University (Japan)
Location: Kulgera
Overall time: 22:11:38
Avg. speed: 90kph
Total distance: 1766km

WSC Complete Timing Board: HERE.

Go Aurum! Go Blue!

M-Dog: Please explain the external chargers as previously found on Nuon's car. Thanks!

UMSolar, WSC '15 - Qualifying, Days 1 & 2

UMSolar, WSC '15 - Qualifying, Days 1 & 2

Submitted by Bronco648 on October 19th, 2015 at 3:02 PM

The UM Solar Car Team and their car, Aurum, are currently competing in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. Day 3 will begin around dinner time for those of us in the East and Midwest. The start order was determined by qualifying at Hidden Valley Raceway outside of Darwin. If you're curious about what Hidden Valley looks like, from inside a race car, this is a nice video:

YT Video - In Car Camera

Aurum would end up qualifying fourth overall and second in the Challenger class (the highest class of the three).

At the end of Day 1, Aurum lead the field. However, Day 2 is usually where the elite show their speed and, perhaps, some of their strategy. Two teams from the Netherlands, Twente and Nuon, are always contenders for the overall win. Tokai University, with backing from Panasonic, is the reigning champ. As added incentive, Team Twente is running under the threat of having their funding pulled, from their university, if they don't win this race (how's that for pressure?). Both Twente and Nuon quickly passed Aurum while Tokai closed in. After finding themselves fourth overall, on the road, UM Solar was notified that Tokai would be assessed penalties for unsafe driving. That knocked Tokai back behind Aurum. At the end of Day 2, Aurum held third overall, 8 minutes back of 2nd (Nuon) and 14 minutes adrift of the lead (Twente). While it seems like alot, having four cars within 30 minutes of each other, at this point in the race, makes extremely close competition. Things will only get more tense as the cars continue south on the Stuart Highway towards Port Augusta. Stay tuned...

Chuck Hutchins (team benefactor) stood at the second control stop called Barrow’s Creek with his grandson, a third generation solar car fan. For solar car alums, this is the tightest race they’ve ever seen for the Michigan team. All top five teams closed out the day with less than half hour between them. There’s no clear winner yet—and that could remain so until Day 4. “I predict that on Day 4, someone just going to gun it,” Chuck said with a grin. His grandson chimed in, “And someone else is going to gun it too early, and someone else is going to make a mistake.”
Mistakes are magnified when teams are neck-and-neck like today. A universal favorite to podium, the Tokai team incurred setback after setback. Despite pulling in 3rd at the first control stop, Tokai’s penalties pushed them back down the pack into 5th. Their solar car accidentally ran Michigan’s chase vehicle off the road, after not accelerating fast enough to overtake. Reportedly, it’s possible that Tokai could receive another penalty, peeling away their grip on a chance to podium. Team Punch, currently fourth, may also incur a penalty — we won’t find out for sure until tomorrow.

More blog updates, from UM Solar, can be found HERE.

YT Video Day 1

YT Video Day 2

Go Aurum! Go Blue!

UM Solar - ASC - Recap

UM Solar - ASC - Recap

Submitted by Bronco648 on July 25th, 2012 at 3:29 PM

For those of you who followed my "UM Solar - ASC" posts last week, this will be a little redundant. For those of you that clicked the links but were "tl;dr", here's your chance to read it all in one diary post (because you're patiently waiting for FOOTBAW season).

First and foremost, here are a couple of links to the UM Solar web site and the American Solar Challenge web site:

UM Solar: LINK

ASC: LINK

Let's meet the 2012 National Champions

Race Committee

AJ Trublowski

AJ Trublowski

Head Strategist

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Troy, MI
Favorite Place in A2: The Blind Pig
Favorite Activity: Mountain Biking

Jordan Feight

Jordan Feight

Race Manager

Major: AOSS
Hometown: Novi, MI
Favorite Place in A2: The Big House
Favorite Activity: Skiing

Ryan Mazur

Ryan Mazur

Crew Chief

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Commerce, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Lurie Fountain
Favorite Activity: Aerial Photography

Engineering

Andrew Huang

Andrew Huang

Mechanical

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Granger, IN
Favorite Place in A2: The Hands On Museum
Favorite Activity: Biking

Cici Lu

Cici Liu

Power

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Beachwood, OH
Favorite Place in A2: Yost Ice Arena
Favorite Activity: Hiking

Evan Fletcher

Evan Fletcher

Micro

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Galesburg, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Diag
Favorite Activity: Astrophotography

Jacob Zylema

Jacob Zylema

Micro

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: St. Joseph, MI
Favorite Place in A2: No Thai Restaurant
Favorite Activity: Playing Saxophone

Qing Xu

Qing Xu

Power

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Suzhou, China
Favorite Place in A2: North Quad Tower Room
Favorite Activity: Cooking

Rohan Shah

Rohan Shah

Power

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Favorite Place in A2: Intramural Sports Building
Favorite Activity: Driving

Ryder Liu

Ryder Liu

Mechanical

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Favorite Place in A2: Hill Auditorium
Favorite Activity: Playing the Viola

Sarah Spitzer

Sarah Spitzer

Micro

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Mackinac Island, MI
Favorite Place in A2: The Arboretum
Favorite Activity: Flying Airplanes

Media and Operations

Caitlin Sadler

Caitlin Sadler

Head of Public Relations

Major: Natural Resources and the Environment
Hometown: Shelburne, VT
Favorite Place in A2: Kerry Town
Favorite Activity: Traveling

Diane Thach

Diane Thach

Head of Photography

Major: Art and Design
Hometown: Flint, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Michigan Theater
Favorite Activity: Tennis

Eric Hausman

Eric Hausman

Operations

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering
Hometown: Beverly Hills, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Huron River
Favorite Activity: Water Polo

Noah Kaczor

Noah Kaczor

Operations

Major: Economics
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Zingerman's Roadhouse
Favorite Activity: Sailing

Strategy

Bryan Mazor

Bryan Mazor

Vehicle Dynamics Specialist

Major: Physics
Hometown: Midland, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Arb
Favorite Activity: Soccer

Cam Herringshaw

Cam Herringshaw

Optimization Specialist

Major: Computer Science Engineering
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Favorite Place in A2: State Street
Favorite Activity: Jet Skiing

Jeff Cwagenberg

Jeff Cwagenberg

Meteorologist

Major: AOSS
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Favorite Place in A2: Roof of the Space Research Building
Favorite Activity: Golf

Matt Goldstein

Matt Goldstein

Database Engineering

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Lincolnshire, IL
Favorite Place in A2: Law Quad
Favorite Activity: Jiu Jitsu

Preliminaries; Formula Sun Grand Prix

The 2012 FSGP is history and UM Solar is your victor. A strong result from Iowa State promises an interesting American Solar Challenge. They're even talking a little smack:

The only trouble on the day was a 30-minute delay in the morning to double-check the car’s solar array. That allowed the University of Michigan to race to a 20-lap lead. “If we had started at the same time, we would be directly competitive with them,” Stumpges said. “That promises good things with this car.”

And:

Stumpges said the Michigan team, winner of the past four races across America, is beginning to notice the team from Ames. Yes, Stumpges said. “We were neck and neck with Michigan a good part of the day.”

Here's the final results. The starting grid, for the ASC, is 1 - Quantum, 2 - Iowa State's Hyperion, 3 - Western Michigan and 4 - Illinois State.

Congratulations to Hyperion for setting the fastest lap of the '12 FSGP. The ASC rolls off tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, 2012. With showers and thunderstorms a possibility thru the upper Midwest, for the weekend, it may be interesting to see how things progress over the first three or four days of the race. It's also supposed to be hot next week and that may play into the final results as well. The Strategy Team as well as the Weather Team will play an integral part. Go Quantum, Go UM Solar, Go Blue.


Standings:

  1. University of Michigan
  2. Iowa State University
  3. Western Michigan University

Fastest Lap: Iowa State University: 2:18


 
The 2012 Formula Sun Grand Prix is complete!

 

Team # and Name Day 1 Laps (final) Day 2 Laps (final) Day 3 Laps Penalty Laps Total
2 – Michigan 145 158 146   449
3 – Kentucky* 0 0     0
4 – MIT 0 55 107   107
5 – Illinois State 88 131 131   350
9 – Iowa State 125 146 155   426
11 – Northwestern*         DNQ
13 – Michigan State 0 0 50   50
20 – Western Michigan 120 119 127   366
28 – New Paltz 0 66 94 2 92
32 – Principia 103 58 0 10 151
35 – Minnesota 109 0 71   180
49 – Georgia Tech*         DNQ
55 – Montreal 76 28 109   137
254 – CalSol 0 110 0   110
256 – Oregon State 84 80 19 2 181
505 – New Mexico 22 0     22
QUALIFIED – ASC LAPS FORFEITED

Last updated on 7-12-2012 -15:00 Eastern. Each lap is 1.6 miles.

* Team Not Yet Inspected

 


Day 1 is in the history books and Quantum remains where it started; P1.

UM Solar

The Team was able to guide Quantum to the Day 1 finish line, in Erie, PA, just after 1 PM (1:08 PM EDT) local time.

Accoring to Crew Chief Ryan Mazur (I'm pretty sure that's Ryan in the video), they finished fifteen minutes head of Iowa State (followed by Minnesota, Western Michigan, MIT and Principia). Video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri

At a control stop earlier on Day 1:

UM Solar

The ASC's web site doesn't seem to want to load so I cannot provide finish times but it appears that Quantum is running well and keeping the competition at bay. Nicely done UM Solar.


Day 2 is done and the result remains the same:

Checkpoint Arrival Times at Mansfield, OH
 

  1. Michigan 2:20pm
  2. Minnesota 4:01pm
  3. Principia 4:38pm
  4. CalSol 4:47pm

However, the route took some twists and turns:

Ethan Lardner:

Michigan got penalized 5 minutes for a non-affiliated "media" car "obstructing" traffic near Iowa State yesterday...so how are people supposed to watch the race?

Steven Hechtman confirms:

First stage times are up. Michigan leads Iowa by 9 minutes after receiving 5 minutes in penalties. Minnesota is 10 minutes behind Iowa (State).

The weather in Ohio The Worst State Ever was not cooperating:

UM Solar

Racing in the rain. Here's where the Weather and Strategy teams earn their stripes. Weather will keep Strategy apprised of the current and approaching weather conditions. Strategy will determine how much electricity is in the batteries, how much electricity the solar cells are producing and how much electricity the motor is using. They adjust Quantum's speed accordingly so the car has the ability to continue on to the end of day control stop. It's tricky, involves lots of calculations and sometimes some luck. It's no secret these guys are good and the results speak for themselves.

UM Solar

Drama!

Ethan Lardner:

Rumor has it Iowa state blew suspension in a curb and was pulled over for an hour and MIT spun out and hit a sign pole and will be trailering to Ann Arbor. Not sure if they will be making an attempt at repairs.

Steven Hechtman confirms:

Noticed on the live chat that Iowa State tracker was stationary for nearly an hour turning onto 11 near Ashtabula, OH. The explanation: @Team_PrISUm: Took a turn too wide on the interstate on ramp and hit a curb. This snapped the lower A-Arm which was replaced in under an hour.

What a shame for both Iowa State and MIT.

Quantum approaching Mansfield Ohio, in the sunshine, and the end of Day 2:

UM Solar

Charging batteries in Mansfield.

UM Solar

Video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri

Quantum arrives at the Big House

Video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri

 


UPDATE: Quantum has arrived at the Control Stop in K-zoo. Looks like a perfect day for solar car racing, a few puffy clouds but mostly clear. I would think they'll be close to the MI/IN border when they decide to stop for the day.

Day 3 is complete and Quantum enjoys a 3+ hour lead. Obviously, it was nice to be back in Ann Arbor. Even President Coleman came out to show her support.

MSC & UM Solar

Today, the Team is off to Lansing with a check point in Kalamazoo (Western Michigan). They will stop some place south of K-zoo in either Michigan or north central Indiana.

Here Quantum charges batteries at Black and Veatch:

UM Solar

Showing off at the Starting Line with a quick tire change:

After hitting a sign post, MIT was sporting some damage:

MIT

All fixed now:

MIT

ISU explains the damage to their car (from hitting a curb):

And, they're off!

All video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri


Day 4

UM Solar camped over night just outside of Logansport, IN. Things continue to go well and Quantum keeps increasing its lead. The Stage will end, this afternoon, at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Here are the Day 4 stands thru the Kalamazoo Check Point:

Top 3 Overall:

 

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of Minnesota
  3. Principia College
Stage 3 current standings:

 

Team # and Name Ann Arbor Start 7/17 Kalamazoo Arrival 7/17 Normal Finish 7/18
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 13:02:09  
35 – Minnesota 09:01:00 13:35:20  
32 – Principia 09:02:00 14:15:17  
9 – Iowa State 09:03:00 13:29:33  
254 – CalSol 09:04:00 15:08:08  
256 – Oregon State 09:05:00 14:30:12  
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00    
28 – New Paltz 09:07:00    
20 – Western Michigan 09:06:00 14:26:34  
55 – Montreal 09:05:00    
4 – MIT 09:09:00 14:22:40  

Last updated 7/17/12 – 21:10 Eastern. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

Quantum, aerial view:

UM Solar

Video:

Quantum is already on the move towards Normal, IL. The weather may be really variable today and I'm sure the plan is to get to the Stage Stop before the atmosphere heats up and begins to get unstable (rain, t-storms). They'll also want to get as much of a charge, in Normal, as possible (for tomorrow):

Cloudy but beautiful morning charge! Rolling out in 5 minutes (8:45 AM EDT)

UM Solar

UPDATE: a storm filled, gray day awaits the competitors as they traverse Indiana and Illinois, on Rt. 24, into Bloomington/Normal. Storms have already popped up and died down. This must be the reason UM Solar pushed all the way to Logansport. I'm guessing they'll want to get to IL St. and see if they can get a charge before the weather totally craps out.

UPDATE II: The Weather car has arrived at Illinois State (11:02 AM CDT). Quantum shouldn't be far behind.

UPDATE III: Hello Illinois! Number 6 out of 8 states, we're still leading! (11:15 AM CDT)

UM Solar

The weather doesn't look too bad in that picture. Welcome to the Land of Lincoln (and Corruption).

UPDATE IV: Quantum is first into Normal and charging (12:16 PM CDT):

UM Solar


Day 5

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.

PrISUm

CalSol (Berkeley) was third in at 5:02 EDT.

CalSol

While other teams continue to roll in, Quuantum continues charging.

UM Solar

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.

Chuck Hutchins

Thanks Chuck! Thanks a lot!

Stage 3 Board (after Stage Close):

Stage 3 Board

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.

CalSol

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:

Hardware

I'll do my best to keep everyone updated during the day. Go Quantum!

UPDATE: Hello Wisconsin!

UM Solar


Day 6

UM Solar:

Today we began Stage 4 (Day 5) of the American Solar Challenge with about a 7 hour lead.  Quantum cruised through cornfields and into the Verona, WI stage stop in the mid afternoon (2:53 PM CDT - Ed.).  We will begin tomorrow near the Wisconsin Dells.  Check out the recap of Day 5 below and stay tuned on twitter tomorrow for another day of racing.

Iowa State paced Quantum with the intent of winning the Stage (I think). They stayed within spitting distance until just about the Illinois/Wisconsin border when they suddenly slowed dramtaically. There didn't seem to be anything wrong with their car other than consumming too many electrons too quickly (my speculation)? Quantum continuned on and turned an interesting day into another Victor's March.

UM Solar Tweet:

Set up camp and had a great team dinner! Getting ready for another day of ASC 2012 ...but first we need some sleep

UM Solar

CalSol: An electric vehicle plug in! At the University of Wisconsin Madison.

CalSol

Hey Boys, that's cheating.

CalSol is charging with Iowa St. this morning at a park and ride. Great sun today!

CalSol and Hyperion

Other then CalSol and Iowa St. camping, together, at a park-and-ride, I have no information on Principia, Oregon St. or Minnesota. =( Sorry.

Updated results courtesy of the ASC

Team # and Name Ann Arbor Start 7/17 Kalamazoo Arrival 7/17 Normal Finish 7/18 Stage 3 Penalty Time Stage 3 Elapsed Time Total Race Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 13:02:09 13:14:15 00:12:00 12:26:15 27:12:39
9 – Iowa State 09:03:00 13:29:33 14:57:33 00:10:00 14:02:33 34:28:32
32 – Principia 09:02:00 14:15:17 17:57:00 00:15:00 17:12:00 37:01:47
254 – CalSol 09:04:00 15:08:08 17:02:08 00:02:00 16:04:08 37:11:02
256 – Oregon State 09:05:00 14:30:12 17:18:44 00:12:00 16:30:44 39:34:15
35 – Minnesota 09:01:00 13:35:20 Trailer 04:01:03 22:01:03 39:58:28
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00   Trailer 11:33:27 29:33:27 59:43:08
20 – Western Michigan 09:06:00 14:26:34 Trailer 06:18:45 24:18:45 65:23:11
28 – New Paltz 09:07:00   Trailer 10:03:03 28:03:03 67:45:54
55 – Montreal 09:05:00   Trailer 10:46:39 28:46:39 68:33:09
4 – MIT 09:09:00 14:22:40 Trailer 21:49:33 39:49:33 92:26:44

The weather appears to have improved with clearing skies in central and western Wisconsin. The target today is La Crosse, WI and the end of Stage 4. As always you can visit the UM Solar web site: LINK and/or ASC: LINK. And, I'll do my best to provide updates as the ASC wraps up tomorrow. Go Blue!

UPDATE:

MU Solar Tweet: Good Morning! One more day until we reach the finish line - Headed to La Crosse, WI today!

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UPDATE II:

Timing board in La Crosse, WI, Quantum ~50 miles out.

La Crosse WI Timing Board

UPDATE III:

Almost there! Approaching La Crosse, WI for the end of Stage 4.

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UPDATE IV:

Quantum into La Crosse, WI at 12:43:47 PM CDT

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UPDATE V:

Principia is in, Iowa State 25 miles out, then CalSol. MIT might be in front of Iowa St.

La Crosse Stage Board


Day 7

UM Solar:

Today the team finished the 4th stage of the American Solar Challenge.  Quantum continued to run well and we were able to increase our lead to over 10 hours.  Tomorrow is the last day of the race and we expect to cross the finish line in St. Paul between 12-1:30p.  Check out highlights from Day 6 below.

I see the video included the "car carry" over construction and into the gravel control stop parking lot, in Verona WI. Also, you think it's easy to get in/out of Quantum? I'm guessing no. =D

At the end of the day, Quantum picks up more time and expands their lead to almost eleven (11) hours. The running joke during the CIL (yes, there's a CIL for each day of the ASC) yesterday was how far Quantum could be pushed, incur penalties and still win the race. I think the consensus was about 90 minutes. With 150 miles to St. Paul, and the finish line, there isn't a lot of racing left to be done. However, the weather this morning is supposedly cloudy. The ASC is saying storms are forecast for the Twin Cities. It could be an interesting day, nonetheless. Iowa State is still suffering from trying to stay with Quantum on Wednesday. They limped in to La Crosse giving up an hour and ten minutes to Principia. It's possible there may be a change of second place when all is said and done.

Timing Board

image courtesy of Ethan Lardner

Iowa State rolls in 4 minutes before CalSol (Berkeley) and 70 minutes after Principia.

Hyperion

image courtesy of Ethan Lardner

ASC: Thunder and lightening in St. Paul. Not the thing we wanted to wake up to.

storm

image courtesy of ASC

Oy

Illinois State: This morning is rather overcast but we aren't concerned because we ended yesterday

ISU

image courtesy of ISU

The Breakfast of Champions (of the West):

Champions of the West

image courtesy of Matt Goldstein

Stage 4 Preliminary Results:

Team # and Name Normal Start 7/19 Verona Arrival 7/19 LaCrosse Finish 7/20 Stage 4 Penalty Time Stage 4 Elapsed Time Total Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 14:23:10 12:43:47 00:16:00 11:59:47 39:12:26
9 – Iowa State 09:01:00 15:22:27 16:26:49 00:10:00 15:36:49 50:05:21
32 – Principia 09:02:00 16:21:44 15:16:31 00:02:00 14:18:31 51:20:18
254 – CalSol 09:03:00 16:31:04 16:30:46 00:03:00 15:33:46 52:44:48
35 – Minnesota 09:05:00 16:57:01 17:58:52 0:02:00 17:00:52 56:59:20
256 – Oregon State 09:04:00   Trailer 13:11:09 31:11:09 70:45:24
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00   Trailer 11:54:57 29:54:57 89:38:05
20 – Western Michigan 09:04:00   Trailer 14:07:57 32:07:57 97:31:08
55 – Montreal 09:05:00   Trailer 10:58:57 28:58:57 97:32:06
28 – New Paltz 09:08:00   Trailer TBD 18:00:00 85:45:54
4 – MIT 09:10:00 15:33:23 16:04:52 00:56:00 16:00:52 108:27:36

Last updated 7/20/12 – 23:37 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

 

La Crosse is near the bottom of the precipitation and the red area, to the left, is where the Twin Cities are. Gonna be a rough day. Go Quantum!

UPDATE:

Quantum is off:

UM Solar

image courtesy of Ethan Lardner

UPDATE II:

Quantum seems to be having issues with cockpit condesation inside the canopy. They've stopped twice to clear it so the driver has a clear(er) view. Principia and Minnesota are fighting for the Stage win. Iowa State has passed Qunatum as well. UM Solar seems content to stay out of the fray and cruise home courtesy of their big lead. The Team recently tweeted that the sun has made an appearance but hills and more threatening weather may make the going slow. Quantum's ETA has been revised to between 1:30 and 2:30 CDT.

UPDATE III:

Minnesota crossed the line at 12:58:57. CalSol 2nd at 01:28:17. Principia in at 01:31:11

Quantum should be in soon.

UPDATE IV:

ASC: iwoa [sic] got in at 13:50:42. michigan at 14:23:55

UM Solar: Add another one to the list... here's to winning our 7th National Championship! Proud to be bringing the trophy back to A2

Leaders & Best


Results

UM Solar

As Brady Hoke would say “This is Michigan, for God’s sakes.” We just won our 7th National Championship! Thanks to our fans, alumni and supporters we could not have done it without you. Go Blue!!!

On July 21, 2012, we not only won our 7th National Championship, but we finished the race with the largest margin of victory in the history of the American Solar Challenge. We are proud to bring home the trophy to Ann Arbor for a 4th consecutive time, however, we are not stopping here! Believe it or not, before this race even began, we were already working on the next car. We know it was our fans, alumni, and sponsors that drove us to the finish line. If you are interested in joining the 2013 solar car team as we prepare for the World Solar Challenge, please contact us about sponsorship or make a personal donation.

As you can imagine, information is a little sparse on a Sunday morning. But, here's what I do know. The weather, unfortunately, wasn't the best to end the race. Las Crosse, WI had cloud cover and St. Paul had thunderstorms. To top it off, Quantum experienced fogging of their canopy, making visibility even worse than it was already (thanks to the light rain). In an effort to be safe, they stopped a few times to clear the condensation. It was apparent that Principia and Minnesota wanted, badly, to win the last Stage. In an effort to steer clear of any potential hazards, Quantum hung back and allowed those two to duke it out for the Stage win. With the stops, Iowa State passed Quantum as well. However, the total margin of victory was still 10 hours and 19 minutes, an ASC record.

Quantum attempting to complete their charge, Saturday morning, La Crosse, WI.

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image courtesy of Diane Thach

Parental support along the route into St. Paul, MN

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image courtesy of Diane Thach

Quantum entering Minnesota

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image courtesy of Diane Thach

Final Results:

 

Team # and Name Stage 1 Time Stage 2 Time Stage 3 Time Stage 4 Time Stage 5 Time Total Elapsed Time Miles Credited
2 – Michigan 04:13:29 10:32:55 12:26:15 11:59:47 05:23:55 44:36:21 1652.80
9 – Iowa State 04:22:34 16:03:25 14:02:33 15:36:49 04:49:42 54:55:03 1652.80
32 – Principia 05:26:59 14:22:48 17:12:00 14:18:31 04:29:11 55:49:29 1652.80
254 – CalSol 05:34:35 15:32:19 16:04:08 15:33:46 04:37:17 57:22:05 1652.80
35 – Minnesota 04:32:09 13:25:16 22:01:03 17:00:52 03:53:57 60:53:17 1572.45
256 – Oregon State 5:56:04 17:07:27 16:30:44 31:11:09 06:18:35 77:03:59 1390.05
5 – Illinois State 06:12:05 23:57:36 29:33:27 29:54:57 12:48:54 102:26:59 911.80
20 – Western Michigan 05:10:14 35:54:12 24:18:45 32:07:57 5:31:52 103:03:00 886.80
55 – Montreal 07:21:18 32:25:12 28:46:39 28:58:57 11:38:15 109:10:21 829.35
28 – New Paltz 08:54:39 30:48:12 28:03:03 35:25:57 13:27:42 116:39:33 727.70
4 – MIT 05:27:05 47:10:06 39:49:33 16:00:52 14:08:48 122:36:24 854.65

Last updated 7/21/12 – 23:37 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

UM Solar now looks forward to the World Solar Challenge in 2013. They will have a new car to chase the World Championship. I wish them the best of luck in their endeavor. Go Blue! Go UM Solar!

The Wilson Cup has returned to Ann Arbor:

Wilson Cup

UM Solar - ASC - Day 2

UM Solar - ASC - Day 2

Submitted by Bronco648 on July 15th, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Day 2 is in the record books and while the result remains the same:

Checkpoint Arrival Times at Mansfield, OH
 

  1. Michigan 2:20pm
  2. Minnesota 4:01pm
  3. Principia 4:38pm
  4. CalSol 4:47pm

However, the route took some twists and turns:

Ethan Lardner:

Michigan got penalized 5 minutes for a non-affiliated "media" car "obstructing" traffic near Iowa State yesterday...so how are people supposed to watch the race?

Steven Hechtman confirms:

First stage times are up. Michigan leads Iowa by 9 minutes after receiving 5 minutes in penalties. Minnesota is 10 minutes behind Iowa (State).

The weather in Ohio The Worst State Ever was not cooperating:

UM Solar

Racing in the rain. Here's where the Weather and Strategy teams earn their stripes. Weather will keep Strategy apprised of the current and approaching weather conditions. Strategy will determine how much electricity is in the batteries, how much electricity the solar cells are producing and how much electricity the motor is using. They adjust Quantum's speed accordingly so the car has the ability to continue on to the end of day control stop. It's tricky, involves lots of calculations and sometimes some luck. It's no secret these guys are good and the results speak for themselves.

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Drama!

Ethan Lardner:

Rumor has it Iowa state blew suspension in a curb and was pulled over for an hour and MIT spun out and hit a sign pole and will be trailering to Ann Arbor. Not sure if they will be making an attempt at repairs.

Steven Hechtman confirms:

Noticed on the live chat that Iowa State tracker was stationary for nearly an hour turning onto 11 near Ashtabula, OH. The explanation: @Team_PrISUm: Took a turn too wide on the interstate on ramp and hit a curb. This snapped the lower A-Arm which was replaced in under an hour.

What a shame for both Iowa State and MIT.

Quantum approaching Mansfield Ohio, in the sunshine, and the end of Day 2:

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Charging batteries in Mansfield.

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Video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri

EDIT:

Please take NOTE:

From The University of Michigan Solar Car Team:

There have been some questions about the penalty we received yesterday. The penalty was a result of a Michigan fan that drove to close to one of the solar car caravans and therefore impeded traffic. Please do not follow solar car caravans with your cars, because it may result in a penalty for our team and it is not safe. If you are interested in taking photos of the solar car, please park and watch the cars as they go by. This is especially important as we will be coming into Ann Arbor tomorrow and there will likely be lots of traffic and fans. We hope to see you in Ann Arbor. Go Blue!

 

UMSolar: See the race live in Ann Arbor!

UMSolar: See the race live in Ann Arbor!

Submitted by gbdub on July 14th, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The American Solar Challenge is on, and Michigan started today from Rochester NY in the pole position. Want to see them (and the other ~dozen solar cars) live in Ann Arbor? Come to the stage stop near the Big House on Monday, July 16th!

The stage stop is held in parking lot SC36 on the corner of Pauline and South Main just north of the Big House.Teams will be rolling in and on display from roughly 11 AM to 6PM. Spectators can park for free at Pioneer HS. The event is free and open to the public.

If you can't make it on Monday, the teams will be leaving Ann Arbor at 9AM from the Black & Veatch office at 3350 Green Court (near Plymouth and US 23). They'll be in the sun charging starting at 7AM. Limited public parking is available at the site. This event is also free.

From AA, the team will be proceeding west across Michigan, including a 30 minute control stop at WMU in Kalamazoo.

For more info on the route and event, see the team's page.

Hope to see some of you there - these cars are impressive pieces of technology, and the team's sense of excitement and competitive spirit is infectious. Go Fast, Go Smooth, Go Blue!

 

RACE UPDATE: Racing is done for the day in Erie, PA. Today was a short leg of about 157 miles, which Michigan completed in just over 4 hours. Provisional standings are 1) Michigan, 2) Iowa State, 3) Minnesota, 4) Western Michigan, 5) Principia.

Clouds and scattered thunderstorms are predicted for the area tomorrow, which might make for a slow day.