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Solar Challenge Race

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by richkae, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. richkae

    richkae VIN587

    Jan 15, 2008
    World Solar Challenge 2015
    Movie: worlds first family solar-powered car

    I think it would be really fun to modify a Tesla Model S or Roadster 3.0 and enter the race.
    I would cover the car with solar panels and put on narrow low rolling resistance tires and call it done.

    You get to charge once per day, and need to cover 3000km in less than 40 hours of driving over 5 days to win.
    That's only about 375 miles per day and an average speed of 45mph.

    You get penalized for using energy from the grid, but you could make up for the speed advantage you would have over the pure solar cars.
  2. BerTX

    BerTX Active Member

    May 2, 2014
    Is this humor? I can't tell, sorry.

    You might want to re-read the rules a bit more carefully.

    The Model S is too large, exceeds the size limits.

    Only one recharge is allowed in the 3000 km course, the way I read it.

    The amount of power from the solar panels you could mount on a roadster would not power the radio. Well, it would make no difference in the range of the vehicle, at any rate.
  3. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

    Oct 20, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    What about trailing a half mile of thin film solar behind a Roadster?
  4. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

    Oct 7, 2011
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Model S is too big. Its length is 4,978 mm, versus class max of 4,500 mm. Its width is 1,963 mm, vs class max of 1,800 mm. Ah well.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Nope, max length is 4,500 mm. Good try!
  5. richkae

    richkae VIN587

    Jan 15, 2008
    Yes it's a joke. I've read the rules that very carefully prohibit a BEV from competing.

    I just think it is funny that a Model S or Roadster 3.0 could win the 3000 km race with one overnight charge per day.
    No fossil fuel necessary.

    On a more serious note I think it would be a more interesting competition if the rules weren't so constraining to force the cars into their narrow preconceived notion and reducing innovation.

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