Australia's second Cruiser-class entry for the World Solar Challenge has joined the teams converging on Darwin for next weekend's start of the World Solar Challenge. TAFE SA's SolarSpirit 3 is the technical education body's third shot at the challenge, and its compliance with the Cruiser rule that there have to be at least three …
Watched - or tried to watch - the ABC's video. What micro-cephalic idiot decided to add that techno-dross soundtrack?
micro-cephalic idiot? Surely not here!
Why don't you ask at the ABC site?
Ah Wh J ?
First, the abbreviation for amps uses a capital 'A' and hours uses a lower case 'h'. Second, "40 aH" doesn't say anything about power without knowing the volts. The voltage varies by charge, and nobody wants to integrate a curve to read an article on a Sunday night, so watt hours is what's needed here. Amp hours is only used for standard battery packs where the voltage is obvious.
Like to see a few pictures of the whole field
You know, to get a feel for common design choices, that sort of thing.
@ John Smith 19 - Re: Like to see a few pictures of the whole field
The best coverage of the event is not the official website http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/, but Jeroen Haringman's http://www.solarracing.org/, because he collates a tremendous amount of team data that isn't official.
And don't forget The Register here.
Two years ago El Reg had the SPB down under with the event, which was lucky because the WSC's webserver was crippled for most of the race. This year Lester Haines is fondling LOHAN's mighty orbs, so the SPB is a bit distracted and not on site.
In short, the best collection of info about solar racing: http://www.solarracing.org/ .
(Yes, I'm plugging the site; he deserves it.)
Re: @ John Smith 19 - Like to see a few pictures of the whole field
"In short, the best collection of info about solar racing: http://www.solarracing.org/ ."
The overview PDF was exactly what I was looking for.
Passenger number confusion
Richard says it must have three seats, the ABC article says, must have at least two forward facing seats, manager Gerry Paay in the ABC video says two or more seats and the car has three seats but the World Solar Challenger site says Driver / Passenger: 1 / 1 both facing forwards.
It must be Monday.
Any more articles to come on the solar challenge? I'm curious to see how the other entrants stack up against the one and only UK entry (CUER).
"Any more articles to come on the solar challenge? I'm curious to see how the other entrants stack up against the one and only UK entry (CUER)."
There isn't even a Scottish entry.
While Scotland is not really known for it's PV industry they do have a strong history of invention and innovation.
If this is a cruiser class they also should have a maximum cabin temperature.
I'd hate to race across the outback with a cabin temp of 50C+.
So they need to have an air-con unit built in as well.