Track Testing 10th October 2019

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2019:10:10 17:57:50
  • 0.003 s (1/320) (1/320)
  • f/7.1
  • 100
  • 2019:10:10 15:12:57
  • 44.40m
  • No
  • 190.00 (190/1)

Shot Notes

This is BluePoint from Belgium at the Hidden Valley test track for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The Agoria Solar Team, designed and produced their own solar panel for the event and hired professional Nascar driver, Bert Longin to take the wheel.

Behind their car is RED E from the Netherlands who have the smallest car at the event. The Solar Team Twente have decided to use a shingled GaAs solar panel.

The event attracts designs with all the variety of the Wacky Races. However, at the top end of the hyper-efficient Challenger Class the shape of the solar cars show a degree at convergence as an asymmetric catamaran style with a single powered wheel under the driver proves to be consistently hard design to beat.

The Dynamic Scrutineering starts on the 12th October before the race starts on the 13th.

UPDATE: BluePoint went on to win the race in 2019

5 Responses to “Track Testing”

  1. 1

    It seems the catamaran is just so you have somewhere to balance out the solar panels. No one got flexible enough panels to fly as a kite yet?

  2. 2
    Jason Benz:

    It is all about aerodynamics at this level. The wing profile is designed to fly around the track.

  3. 3
    Benz World Blog » Race Begins:

    […] closely followed by RED E from the Netherlands. This is exactly as they appeared in the prophetic Track Testing post. Next was Top Dutch Solar who started in pole position. Then this car from Kogakuin University […]

  4. 4
    Benz World Blog » Violet Sunswift:

    […] separated the two lead cars during the final leg when the reigning champions caught fire leaving Belgiums BluePoint to claim their first […]

  5. 5
    Benz World Blog » Solar UTE:

    […] it is the heaviest and longest solar automobile. The team overcame many hurdles to get here. During track testing, they blew up one of the motor controllers so the 11.5-metre articulated vehicle was being pulled […]

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