The World Solar Challange has been run and won.
The main event, featuring the solar cars, was won by a Dutch team who finished the 3,000km trip in 33 hours 17 minutes at an average speed of 92 km/h.
Team Ethanol play to different rules, however, as they’re in a different class in the event, a class for alternative fuels. Basically, their job was to run their Saab BioPower under pretty normal conditions using both E85 and unleaded petrol and check the emissions data for both fuels.
They’ve had the tests done, but the data is being analysed prior to being published. They were pretty upbeat about it, though:
….Anyway it was all worth it, because the emission figures blew the machine operator away. He reckons they are the lowest emission figures he’s ever seen. And that’s on straight ULP. It should be even better on E85, but anyway even this still makes us easily the most eco friendly Greenfleet car in the event. We’ll be publishing the results soon.
Hopefully we’ll get the fuel economy data soon, as well.
Congratulations to Team Ethanol on completing what must have been an incredibly fun event. You get to observe the solar cars, hang out with all the other teams and cruise Australia from north to south in a Saab 9-5.
Nice work if you can get it.