Day 2 Preview: Dutch Powerhouses prepare for test
08 Oct 2019
Dutch powerhouse teams Vattenfall and Eindhoven will take to the scrutineering floor on Tuesday with the machines they hope will successfully defend their respective Challenger and Cruiser class titles in this year's edition of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
They will be joined in static scrutineering by the University of Michigan (USA), Agoria (Belgium), Tokai University (Japan), Stanford University (USA), and Hochschule Bochum (Germany).
There, they will undergo no fewer than 15 stationed checks to be declared 'dynamic ready'.
It isn't an easy process for World Solar Teams, with only one of Monday's group - Hong Kong's IVE Engineering team the only entrant to pass all 15 verifications.
That means they're able to participate in dynamic scrutineering - a series of live road tests to prove their vehicle is road-capable. Success there enables entrants to 'qualify' for their starting position on Sunday's official Challenge start at Darwin's State Square.
Those who didn't pass the checks will be given the opportunity to re-present their vehicle with appropriate modifications made.
"As safety is paramount, teams must comply to receive a 'conditional' road registration for their solar vehicles to be allowed to compete," event director Chris Selwood AM explained.
"Teams who don’t pass the first time have further opportunities to re-present. Our goal is for all competitors take to the start line."
The 15th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge takes place between Darwin and Adelaide, South Australia from 13-20 October 2019.