A slightly shorter stage on day three of the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge meant maximum speed for all competitors. The Dutch were no doubt the solar gods of today. The Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands extended their leading position in the Challenger Class and Solar Team Eindhoven did an outstanding job in the Cruiser Class.
The Nuna7 was optimal prepared to attack on day three. The students from Delft managed to extend their leading position over the Japanese Tokai University to approximately 20 minutes. Solar Team Twente from the Netherlands is a bit further behind, but it seems that the three competitors are a league of their own. Further down the field we find the Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team moving up to fifth place, after having passed several teams during the first two days.
Solar Team Eindhoven, also from the Netherlands, did a stunning job. For the first time in the history of the competition, the team drove with four persons on board an average speed of 120 km/h during two hours. At the end of the day they achieved an average speed of 97 km/h over a 500 kilometre distance. They are firmly leading the Cruiser Class.
In the Adventure Class it is believed that the Aurora Vehicle Association is still in charge, despite the GPS tracker stopped working. Sad news came from the Japanese team KAIT Spirit. The solar car had left the road due strong side winds and the was unfortunately badly damaged. The driver was okay, but the team has forced to retire.
The weather conditions might change during the next days, especially for the mid-field it will be challenging.
Top ten results 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge day 3, Challenger Class:
- Nuon Solar Team
- Tokai University
- Solar Team Twente
- Stanford Solar Car Project
- Punch Powertrain Solar Team
- University of Michigan Solar Car Team
- Solar Energy Racers
- Team Arrow
- Blue Sky Solar Racing
- Onda Solare
Results in travelled kilometres Bridgestone World Solar Challenge day 3, Cruiser Class:
- Solar Team Eindhoven
- UNSW Solar Racing Team – Sunswift
- Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team
- University of Minnesota
- TAFE SA Solar Spirit
- University of Calgary Solar Car Team
- Goko High School
Withdrawn: University of Waikato / HybridAuto and Apollo Solar Car Team.
Please note: the classification of the Cruiser Class is not determined by travelled kilometres only. Find out why.
Results Bridgestone World Solar Challenge day 3, Adventure Class:
- Aurora Vehicle Association
- SIKAT Solar Philippines
- IVE Solar Car Team
- Team Solaris
Withdrawn: KAIT WSC Project
Photos: Solar Team Eindhoven / Bart van Overbeeke
And Nuon Solar Team