A few quick links from today and yesterday:
Nuon posted a short blog, showing off their very sharp trailing edge, as well as discussing the automatic fire supression system in their battery pack.
The University of Adelaide posted a photo set and timelapse video of replacing their entire solar array.
SunSpec posted a timelapse of pitlane from this morning at Hidden Valley.
A local news station did a story on WSC.
On to the photos! Today was a busy day in the inspection bay.
|The WSC trophy on display in the center of the inspection area. In addition to everlasting glory, the winners get to babysit this for the next two years. Personally, I object to any trophy that can't be used to victoriously quaff beer.|
|KIT displaying their array normalization.|
|I'm sort of mystified by that gap in the front of their car.|
|Really mystified. Also, is that an electric steering actuator I see on KIT's rear suspension?|
|NWU's battery is up in the front|
|Bicycle stem used in NWU's steering. Note that they are also doing a pitman arm/drag link setup. I'm curious how their front suspension works.|
|Large mystery shock in the middle of NWU's chassis.|
|Mitsuba motor on NWU's car|
|Only the single motor, though - they've built a blank to mount the Mitsuba's disc brake on the opposite side without a motor.|
|Blue Sky's car also has its battery up in the front of the car. Also, Horizon's roll cage is one of the few I've seen so far that looks even vaguely safe.|
|Blue Sky normalizing their array|
|Similar to Eindhoven and Sunswift, IVE can only flip up their trunk for normalization.|
|The team celebrating after passing static inspection.|
|Twente's array normalization was quite a production. First they laid out this black blanket, and drove the car up onto it...|
|...the array was placed up on blocks fairly far inboard from the edge of the chassis...|
|...and mirrors were set up along the lower edge of the array. SABINE makes a little more sense now - those mirrors aren't going to provide even illumination over the array.|
|Matching chrome helmets|
|The patch next to the canopy uses diced cells, unlike the rest of the array.|
Twente's forward signage is causing a lot of controversy. It's placed right in front of the windshield, rather than on the leading edge of the car. The 2013 WSC regs had a lot of wiggle room in the front signage, but this year they are very explicit. Reg 2.18.4 states: Solar EVs must have an unbroken front signage area, 600 × 150 mm, at the front of the Solar EV. The Event logo; name of the Entrant; name of the Team and the name of the car should be placed at the leading edge. Twente's signage definitely neither at the front of the car nor at the leading edge. We've heard a lot of chatter about this from both teams and WSC officials, and we're very interested to see how WSC will address this blatant rule violation.
|Punch tilting their entire car to normalize.|
|I have no idea what the big gold thing on MIT's steering column is for - unless I'm completely blind, it's not a sensor for rear steering - the rear wheels look fixed in place.|
|Here's some fun. In this picture from yesterday, Michigan was for some reason monkeying around with a backup canopy in the late afternoon. I was a little confused at the time, but see below for some pictures from today...|
|Whoops! They forgot about the license plate - the original driver bubble had no window in the back.|
|WSC made them cut an even larger window later in the day.|
|Aurum's array also looks surprisingly worn - there's a lot of scratches on the rear right corner...|
|The inside of Solaris's car. Note that the driver has not one, but two fire extinguishers at hand.|
|Normalizing the array|
|I'm not familiar with Solaris's motor - it looks very Mitsuba-ish, but is missing the typical red anodizing.|
|Kogakuin's car with some sweet headlights|
|Tilting the car up onto some air mattresses...|
|Some blue foam shims to keep it upright on the air mattresses|
|Voila! Some little brackets suction-cupped to the windshield, an aluminized-mylar sheet to reflect light back onto the array, and some little footstools to prop the car up at more of an angle.|
|Standard automotive 3-point harness. Standard home wifi router for telemetry.|
|What is going on with Beijing's suspension? The wacky angles between the A-arms will give it very high negative camber gain in bump (leading to massive tire scrub) and that super laydown shock... I can't imagine this car will be stable on the road.|
|This Chinese flag decal was put onto the canopy with the utmost of care. Snark aside, Beijing's car is stark - it only has the bare minimum of required signage - no sponsor logos at all.|
|Minnesota pops their array panels up. Similar to Bochum, it seemed kinda fiddly and took a while to set up. On the other hand, the two teams are the only Cruiser teams we've seen so far that get their array anywhere close to pointed sideways.|
|Access holes underneath the front array panel|
|Kookmin normalizing their array.|
|Note the partially-trimmed Sunpower cells - except for the 7 lonely untrimmed cells,|
along the right edge of the car aft of the driver.
|Very sharp U-joint angle in WSU's steering|
|WSU's chassis is very cleanly manufactured|
|Dat carbon suspension|
|It's not all great, though - the fitment of the windshield is pretty poor.|
|I'm told the duct tape on the front of the fairings is from "last minute aerodynamic modifications". I can't decide if that's the literal truth, or a euphemism for "we hit a curb".|
|The whole car tilts up...|
|...and that's how WSU will be normalizing. Note the sweet artwork on the bottom of the car.|
After inspection, we went out to the track to see what was going on. The big news was that RVCE, the team from India, finally has their car!
Unfortunately, RVCE doesn't have a battery yet - I was told it's been delayed in Memphis, Tennessee (Are they shipping via FedEx? Memphis is their main hub). Best of luck getting the car up and running, folks.
|The Malaysians working on their car|
|A view of the shelf for Lodz's aux array.|
|Very clean charging port on UNSW's car|
|Persian Gazelle testing on the track|
|CUER out on the track|
|CUER must have made some big improvements or fixed a big problem today - when the car pulled off the track at the end of their session, the team seemed pretty ecstatic - I could see Keno almost skipping with joy over to the car.|
|CUER's spare array covers.|
|More cells on the tail of Evolution.|
|Michigan team meeting|
That's all I have for today! We have one more day of scheduled static inspections tomorrow with these teams, and then Friday is open to allow for re-inspections as needed. Saturday is dynamic inspection out at Hidden Valley, and then it's race time Sunday morning!