The day to day standings of the Cruiser Class in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge are not as obvious as it is in the other classes. Everyone can track down all the cars, but the travelled amount of kilometres by competitors in the Cruiser Class is just one of the factors that will count for the final classification. In short: the team in front might not lead the race at all!
ElectricAutosport questioned the organisation and looked into the regulations. The final classification of the Cruiser Class will be based on four factors:
1. Whether the teams complete the course (mandatory and the time from start to finish will be taken into account)
2. Energy use / efficiency (for example the teams may choose to charge at a mandatory overnight stop, but the less they charge, or zero charge, the better the score)
3. Person kilometres travelled (teams can choose to add passengers for sections of the event)
4. Potential of design appeal and practicality to the mainstream motoring market
For the mathematics enthusiasts among us, here follows the formula how the score for each competitor in the Cruiser Class will be calculated. Judgement day will be on Saturday 12 October in Adelaide.
Photos: Solar Team Eindhoven / Bart van Overbeeke