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.

WSC Cruiser Class score


Photos: Solar Team Eindhoven / Bart van Overbeeke

Tim is co-founder of and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


  1. Is it possible to come up with a setup where judgement is done in Darwin, so that teams know beforehand how much ground they have to make up? That way the driving part will be more interesting. Ideally you want the team that crosses the line first in Adelaide to be the winner.

    • For the overview of the race, for the fans, it would be the best. But one of the factors determining the result is also energy efficiency and that is only measurable in the end. Or perhaps, they should publish something every control stop.


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