15 October 2011 - Darwin, Australia
With teams from 20 countries readying their vehicles for the event, the scene was organized mayhem. Even though it was early, it was already the hottest and most humid day we’d experienced. And everyone was feeling the heat; in addition to the pressure of making the fastest possible run.
Each team was allowed a warm-up lap leading to a timed “hot lap” around the track. That time would determine their position at the start of the World Solar Challenge.
Team Twente, from the Netherlands, took the pole position. Another Dutch outfit, the highly favored Nuon Solar Team, assumed the second slot. U-M Solar took third.
Official Standings and Times:
1st Twente: 2:02.20
2nd Nuon: 2:02.50
3rd Michigan: 2:03.01
The WSC is about endurance, reliability, strategy, vehicle durability and the problem solving capacity of the teams. Both Team Manager Rachel Kramer and Business Director Chris Hilger agreed that it was a very good place to start – as long as your team is in one of the top five slots you’re in excellent shape.
Tomorrow morning all the teams, as well as the media, will gather in the Darwin State Square for the beginning of this incredible and special event. Please visit THIS SITE where you'll be kept up-to-date from beginning to end.
According to a tweet posted around 8: 30 PM EDT, Quantum has qualified second overall. Driver Troy Halm piloted the car around Hidden Valley Raceway in 2:03. That is approximately .5 seconds slower than Nuna6 of the Dutch Nuon Solar Car team. Nicely done Troy! Considering that the UMSolar car traditionally sports the number "2" in competition, this qualifying result bodes well, if you're into karma. Time to go buy some lottery tickets. Or, does this indicate a big game from Vincent Smith?
If you would like to see a lap, in a Toyota MR2, of Hidden Valley Raceway, vist this LINK.
Here are links to some of UMSolar's main competition: