A Dynamic Day Ahead
11 Oct 2019
It’s called a challenge for a reason!
As the Sunday start line draws closer for competitors in the world’s largest solar challenge, many teams were frantically working to get their cars through the final scrutineering stage. They must pass all 14 static scrutineering stations to prove they are ready to take to the track at Hidden Valley for the dynamic ‘hot laps’.
Teams of event scrutineers, BWSC alumni from past events and technical advisors have worked almost around the clock at the Darwin Convention Centre to ensure the most extensive field of solar cars meet all the regulations before being declared fit for the start line.
All top guns from both classes are now through, along with most of the field.
In the Challenger Class, a nervous wait for Turkey’s Team Solaris who have a non-compliant part – Australia’s Team Arrow is doing their best to save the day, flying what they hope is a compatible replacement in overnight. Sweden’s Halmstad team is hoping its solar car, ‘Heart Three’, will tick all the right boxes.
Before completing their Scrutineering, Western Sydney Solar Team’s Unlimited 3.0 has had to make some last-minute adjustments to its number plate. They also had an opportunity to meet Bridgestone Ambassador Shane Jacobsen this afternon, before they completed their figure 8 testing.
Berkeley University's CalSol were one of the final teams to get the tick of approval on both their Static Scrutineering, and their figure 8 testing.
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Despite setbacks, many teams have been working incredibly hard over the past week to be ready for tomorrow's Dynamic Scrutineering. JU Solar Team - after experiencing a crash during testing the other day - were back on the road today, having fixed the damages in time for their figure 8 test.
Thailand’s Cruiser Class entrant, ‘STC3’ from Siam Technology College is also working hard to resolve several issues.
Ardingly College Solar have elected to move from the Cruiser Class to the Adventure class.
Event Director, Chris Selwood AM, said the 2019 Scrutineering needs to be rigorous, as Australia has some of the highest road safety regulations in the world.
‘Our job is to make sure innovation goes hand in hand with safety,’ Mr Selwood said.
‘Teams must pass this crucial stage in the Event as compliance ensures they are able to receive a ‘conditional’ road registration for their solar vehicles to be allowed to compete. Safety is paramount and teams who don’t pass first time around have several opportunities to re-present. The BWSC team is working extremely hard to see all competitors take to the start line in State Square on Sunday 13 October,’ he said.
The Test Before the Challenge
In a true display of Australian v British sportsmanship, there was a pop up game of cricket on the Hidden Valley drag strip last night.
Before they undergo their Dynamic Scrutineering test tomorrow, Team Arrow Racing and Sunswift took on Cambridge University Eco Racing and MDH Solar Team in cricket. While the Aussies took it out, the real test will come on the track tomorrow.
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Off the high of winning a foot race down the drag strip, the Australians moved onto the more ambitious challenge of taking on England in a game of cricket. It was a very close match with Australia taking out a second win for the night! 27 - 25 Stay tuned for the rematch in Adelaide! @mdhsolarteam @cuer_helia vs. @unswsunswift @teamarrowracing @worldsolarchallenge #BWSC19 #BWSCPHOTO #Cricket #Ashes #GoodSport #SolarCars
Day of the Girl
Today we also celebrated the UN's International Day of the Girl.
Since 2012, October 11 has marked the International Day of the Girl to highlight the needs and challenges girls face and to promote girls' empowerment.
Event Director Chris Selwood said the BWSC was the perfect platform to demonstrate and support women’s empowerment and opportunities that can grow from access to education.
‘The young women participating in the Bridgestone Word Solar Challenge can send a powerful message to others about the value of training for and following careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. They are wonderful ambassadors,’ Mr Selwood said.
‘Over 200 women are part of the teams competing in this exciting challenge that puts engineering skills from some of the best young brains from over twenty countries to the test,’ he said.
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The focus will now turn to Hidden Valley Raceway tomorrow to see who will post the fastest time earning them the privilege of leading the BWSC19 field out of Darwin.
Each team will complete a 'hot lap'; a timed lap around the Hidden Valley racetrack, which will determine the starting order of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which officially commences on Sunday 13 October.
Who will achieve pole position? Only tomorrow will tell the results of not only the past week, but months and even years of preparation, hard work and passion.