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The provisional* results of the World Solar Challenge show that just seven of the 37 solar cars competing drove the entire 2,998 kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide under their own steam and by Saturday's deadline. Michigan celebrate in Adelaide. Pic: World Solar Challenge The top three finishers Tokai University, Nuon Solar …

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Headmaster

"under their own steam"

I thought they were supposed to be solar powered?

Sorry :-(

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Re: "under their own steam"

I had a bet with myself that this would be the first comment. I'm awarding myself beer, here on Queensland's Gold Coast, as a reward for my insight into the Reg commenter mind. Cheers!

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Solar-furnace powered steampunk racing car

I think el Reg might be on to something there.

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Re: Solar-furnace powered steampunk racing car

I like it. Got a CAD file of that design?

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But, as a Queenslander, welcome to the state. I hope you see some of it that isn't the Gold Coast. Cavill Avenue on any given night isn't exactly representative <shudder>.

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Trollface

Pfft--a knowledge of Reg readers mindset so obvious....

That your little test practically constitutes entrapment!!

I bet you leave cases of beer out at the Reg's HQ, and congratulate yourself when they are not there at the end of the day!! :)

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No test track

Darwin to Adelaide is one of the furtherest things from a test track! Which is why the race has been going for so long.

I am not some of the entrances know what they are signing up too.

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Anonymous Coward

I too am not some of the entrances know what they are signing up too :)

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@ AC 0723h

Common sense would creatively place 'sure' between 'not' and 'some' and make sense as well as prevent smirky comments.

;-)

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Facepalm

wut?

common sense el reg style will allow the fact that mistakes in posting will result in mucho trampling.

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@Andreas.

Do you really need a joke icon to spot the joke?

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@ peter 45

Do I need to make bigger smirky smilies?

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;-) <====================

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Go

Actually, steam was (is?) allowed at WSC

Not sure about 2011, but in the early WSC races there was no rule about using solar electric (photovoltaic) power - any solar power could be used, including Stirling engine or steam engine/turbine (with steam generated by solar power, of course).

In fact, I am pretty sure at least one team used a Stirling engine in the early 90s. It's efficiency was obviously no match for the then emerging GaAs PV cells...

Need to find my "Speed of Light: The 1996 World Solar Challenge" book and check this.

Yes, yes, I know I'm a (WSC) geek, no need to remind me :-)

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2998 kilometres

Couldn't they move the start and finish lines so it's a nice round 3000km?

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Holmes

it probably is 3000k

but that sounded too rounded. So they knocked off 2k to make it seem 'accurate'.

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Pint

Hey Lester

Can you tell us how many non-finishers actually broke down and how many were still moving, but didn't make the deadline?

Beer icon as you will probably prefer to drink it than dig out answers to trivial queries...

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@ Tim

It's on the WSC website.

http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/files/318_2011_veolia_world_solar_challenge_provisional_results_pending_protests.pdf

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Y'Know, ...

That's still a higher success rate than you'd get with Hyundais ....

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