Static scrutineering. Judging if the vehicles will be allowed on the road. First scoring event of the competition.
Simulation Day; practising driving in a convoy.
Dynamic scrutineering at hidden valley. Second scoring event of the competition. These scores determine who will start in pole position on Sunday.
October 13 Start World Solar Challenge
start 8.15 uur State Square
Finish around 11.30/12.00h
Jury day at Victoria Square, these scores make up half of the total score!
Evening Ceremony; announcement of the winners!
Blog 1: T minus 5, October 8th: Static Scrutineering
Only five more days to go until the start of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge!
As of today a daily blog will be posted (providing there is an internet connection available of course).
Yesterday, today and tomorrow the various teams need to undertake static scrutineering which means they are tested on safety, weight, electric performance to name a few to ensure that all cars are roadworthy, safe, and abide by BWSC regulations.
Some cars need to represent their car at certain inspection stations if they fail to pass and are given the chance to fix the problem.
Want to know more? Read my blog!
lucky TU/e communication advisor who gets to be part of this!
Blog 2: Simulation Day
Blog 2: Simulation Day
In order to perform well during the BWSC it is important to know exactly what to do but also to be fully aware of what not to do.
This is why we all got up at 5.30 this morning (it is still dark then) to assemble at the Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) office. Together we drove to Gunn Point Road in Darwin, the designated road for solar car testing as a big sign says. This road is relatively quiet and similar to the Stuart Highway that is mostly a single lane road.
Today we practiced many protocols, communication of the convoy and using the CB radio, taking over, oncoming traffic, being overtaken, how a BWSC control stop works etc. A Control Stop is a predetermined stopover where each car has to stop for exactly 30 minutes and where the drivers and passengers can change. STE calls this switching the salties for freshies, no explanation needed here I guess!Read more
Blog 3: Getting everything packed and ready
This Thursday there were not many events, apart from Stella having to drive an eight on the Hidden Valley track.
That doesn’t mean there is not much happening though! The whole Darwin office, work shop and all accommodations across town need to be cleaned, all trash has to be disposed and all tools carefully stored in the truck so it can easily be retrieved during the challenge.
Since this is not the first time the Solar Team is participating, there are many things they already have like foldable table and chairs, pots and pans, cutlery, plates, (head)lights, tents, stretchers and sleeping bags. All sleeping bags have been washed since they were in storage for 2 years so that makes sense!Read more
Blog 4: More preparations and errands
Another busy day at the office albeit not your usual office stuff going on. All tech boxes had to be carefully packed so that anything needed during the challenge is for grabs. Bit like Marie Kondo-ing all the technical stuff.
The truck is starting to get packed as well with all the camping gear, loads of water, safety gear and what have you. Tomorrow another huge food delivery will be packed into the fridge so Master Chef Marnix can feed 40 people every day. Breakfast means lots of bread, cheese (of course!), jam and maybe some Nutella as well? Lunch is the same and has to be prepared during breakfast.
Over the past few weeks various recipes have been put to the test and the menu for during the challenge was voted on. Everything has to be prepared on 4 cooking stoves in huge pans and 2 frying pans. Will keep you posted on the menu!
Blog 5: Hot lap day!
You may wonder what a hot lap is and if it has anything to do with temperature on the track? That could have been the case, my shoes were literally sticking to the melting tarmac!
But no, the hot lap is the time trial each car has to do in order to determine your starting position tomorrow morning as I explained before. So it was again early morning at Hidden Valley race track so that all 41 cars would be finished at around 13h.