Queen's solar vehicle finishes 12th overall in the North American Solar Challenge
The Queen's Solar Vehicle Team raced "Aurum" to a sixth-place finish July 22 in the last leg of the 2008 North American Solar Challenge. The Queen's Solar Vehicle Team is among 15 out of an original 25 entries to complete the 3,862-km competition, crossing the finish line at the University of Calgary.
The team placed 12th overall. The University of Michigan entry, "Continuum," won the competition for the fifth time out of the past nine years.
For full results, visit www.americansolarchallenge.org
For CBC News coverage of the race, visit www.cbc.ca
Racing with the Sun (July 18, 2008) - Including commentary from Queen's Solar Vehicle Team Project Manager Nate Preston and Solar Cars Cruise Through Prairies (July 21, 2008)
NASC's predecessors, the American Solar Challenge and Sunrayce, generally have been held every two years since 1990. With each event, the solar cars travel faster and further with greater reliability.
Safety is the first priority for the NASC solar car event. Each team must put its car through grueling qualifying and technical inspections. Teams that fail to meet the requirements will not participate. During the event, each team is escorted by lead and chase vehicles sporting rooftop hazard flashers. An official observer will accompany each solar car team to keep it alert to any safety issues.
The start/checkpoints/stage stops and finish locations were:
Start: Plano, Texas; Checkpoint: McAlester, OK; Stage Stop: Neosho, MO; Checkpoints: Topeka, KS; Omaha, NE; Stage Stop: Sioux Falls, SD; Checkpoint: Fargo, ND; Stage Stop: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Checkpoints: Bandon, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Stage Stop: Medicine Hat, Alberta; Finish: Calgary, Alberta.
To learn more about NASC, visit www.americansolarchallenge.org