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Fancied teams have been shaded by dark horse entries at the time trial prologue to the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Professor John Storey, the event's Chief Scientist, told The Reg the USA's University of Michigan, Japan's Tokai University, Italy's Onda Solare and Sweden's Jönköping University as teams to watch. Yet None …


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  1. Pookietoo

    The Cambridge team has withdrawn from the competition

    They're not happy with stability problems that have emerged in testing since since the crash.

  2. Outcast


    Siff upper lip chaps (& Chapessess)

    btw.. Centre of gravity appears waaaay too high.

    1. James Hughes 1

      CoG too high. Indeed. Quick glance at height vs track shows it must be pretty easy to put on its side, and I am guessing at higher speeds it starts to oscilate . Shame, as apart form that major design problem (!) , the rest of the thing looks pretty good.

  3. Steve Knox

    Darwin's Hidden Valley

    Our salad dressing may not seem that great now, but just you wait a few million years!

  4. poopypants


    Congratulations to the Australian team on their surprise win.

  5. ecofeco Silver badge

    A car that can pay for itself?

    "Averaged over a year, we were told, the car would collect enough energy to satisfy an average family's motoring needs with some electricity left over to feed into the grid. "

    1. Chad H.

      Re: A car that can pay for itself?

      No matter your stance on environmental stuff, this can only be a good thing... not wasting all of that power blowing at us from the sun and using limited, costly, fossil stuff just makes sense.... (presuming of course its still neutral or better after creating the solar cells is factored in)

  6. NorthernCoder
    Black Helicopters

    Enquiring minds want to know!

    Has the Dutch car been handed over to the Stig yet?

    1. Martin Budden Bronze badge

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know!

      Some say that his visor is actually a PV panel, and that even after a vindaloo and several pints of lager he is entirely emission-free...

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