Open Day 6th October 2019

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Shot Notes

This is the Western Sydney University team and their car at the open day of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge which is a 3000km solar-powered car race from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Adelaide in South Australia. It starts in 1 week and I will be posting updates along the race as I attempt to keep up with the competitors. I will be driving my 1987 van which is the same age as the race itself. Unlike my van performance which has declined over the years, the solar cars have shown extraordinary improvements in every race. So much that the organisers have reduced the maximum size of solar panels to avoid all the cars travelling at the maximum road speed for the whole race, with only the power of the sun. Although I have no choice but to use dino juice to keep up, I will be shooting, processing and uploading all images using 100% solar power, making them fossil-free photos. I am also interested in the possibility of converting my van to solar electric when the current engine has finished its lifespan.

Over the next few days, I will cover the static and dynamic scrutineering before the start of the race on 13th October.

UPDATE: At weigh-in this car took the record of the lightest car at 116.8kg

This image has been accepted by Shutterstock for Editorial Stock Photography and is available for download here.

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