Tag Results for solar cars (10)

  1. Solar Car Race, Oddly, On Pause

    In the middle of the desert, in the middle of Australia, in the middle of a race--a pause. This year, the organizers of the World Solar Challenge--in which solar cars from around the world gather at the top end of the continent to race 3000 kilometers to Australia's southern coast--ordered all the solar cars to park for a day in the small desert city of Alice Springs. With nerves running high and the solar-powered vehicles beginning to show the wear of 2 tough days of driving, the teams are forced to pause and patiently field …

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  2. A Day at the (Solar) Races

    There are only 18 hours left before the World Solar Challenge begins in Darwin, Australia. The teams participating in this epic engineering competition will set out at 8 a.m. tomorrow for the city of Adelaide 3000 kilometers away, and the drivers are about to be subjected to some brutal heat inside their solar cars. It can get as hot as 40 degrees Celsius inside the cars, so the drivers will face a formidable challenge just staying hydrated and comfortable. To deal with the centimeters of accumulated sweat contributed by its drivers, for example, Nunaâ''s designers (from the University of Delft, …

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  3. Nerves Run High at Australian Solar Race

    It's been an extremely draining week for the legions of engineers that have gathered in Darwin, in northern Australia, for the biennial World Solar Challenge, in which solar cars race across the desert for five days. The race to Adelaide, on the southern coast, starts Sunday morning, and every minute so far has been used to diagnose problems both large and small. Virtually every team has had to contend with minor last-minute disasters: The University of Calgary's car got in an accident and damaged one side, Stanford's car had a circuit board catch on fire, and the Venezuelan team was …

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  4. Solar Car Race Gets In Gear

    Greetings from Darwin, Australia! Weâ''ll be providing ongoing coverage of the World Solar Challenge, a biennial solar car race that showcases some of the best automotive engineering from universities around the world, using truly top-notch components and design. The race begins on the northern coast of Australia and ends 3000 kilometers away in Adelaide, on the southern coast. A mere two days of last-minute tinkering remain before the race begins on Oct. 21. Thereâ''s a great deal of strategy involved in every aspect of preparation, from initially crafting the vehicleâ''s design to calculating the carâ''s …

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