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by Jeroen Haringman

CUER car presentation: “EVA-LUTION”

EVA front quarter view

EVA front quarter view

This website’s “UK correspondent” Nigel attended CUER‘s presentation of their new car EVA, and wrote the excellent article below. I think it’s good to see that the team is developing the daring design – that Resolution absolutely was! – further. It’s clear that EVA incorporates a lot of lessons learned.

I’m really really curious to see how EVA will measure up to the “standard 6m² table tennis table”-type solar cars in the 2015 World Solar Challenge :) Continue Reading →

by Jeroen Haringman

2014 European Solar Challenge photos

ESC_logoDuring the 2014 European Solar Challenge I snapped nearly 700 photos with two cameras and my smartphone. Many (not all) of the smartphone photos were posted “live” to Facebook and Twitter, but I haven’t posted the photos from my cameras before. It took me quite a while to organise the photos, but here they are. After weeding out the blurry and irrelevant ones, I’ve uploaded the photos to my Google account, because they would take up too much space on my (relatively expensive) website hosting platform.

I’ve sorted the photos by date:

Unfortunately, because the time and date of one of my two cameras were not set right (a mistake I will not repeat because it caused me much headache), the photos are not in chronological order. Especially the Friday, Saturday and Sunday photos have two “sequences”. There’s not much I can do about that without spending enormous amounts of time on it – which I can’t spare.

Enjoy the photos :)

by Jeroen Haringman

2014 European Solar Challenge videos

ESC_logoDuring the 2014 European Solar Challenge I mainly took photos, and only a small number of videos. Video requires a lot of time editing, time I don’t have much of :) Here are the few videos I shot. All videos are HD 1280*720.

This video shows the Le Mans-style running start of the second half of the “long run” on Saturday, October 18th:

Sometimes, the solar car drivers got a bit carried away, and went into a corner a bit too fast, especially when a bit of rain had fallen. This caused a few spin outs. At the end of the event I went to Race Control and requested if they could play back those occurrences for me. They could :) I recorded this video with my camera from a monitor, so the quality isn’t brilliant, but it’s still spectacular:

After the long run and Saturday, the Solaris Solar Team from Turkey had to push their car towards the pit boxes, because its battery were empty. They got an awesome reception there! My apologies for the horrible quality, it was quite dark by then and my camera dealt with that badly.

At the end of the event, when all the races had finished, all seven teams and a few electric vehicles, made a few victory laps around the Zolder race track:

by Jeroen Haringman

2014 European Solar Challenge recollections

ESC_logoFrom October 9th-12th I attended the 2014 European Solar Challenge, the very first time I attended such in event in person, and I absolutely had a blast. In the days following the ESC I’ve been very busy catching up with normal life, so that’s why this article took a bit longer to write than I thought it would. It’s still a one-man operation :) Continue Reading →

by Jeroen Haringman

Short post-2014 ESC update

ESC_logoA short update about the 2014 European Solar Challenge. I’ve had an awesome weekend at the Zolder race track, completely immersing myself into the world of solar racing for nearly four days. It was my first longer visit to a race track, which has its own atmosphere I had never tasted before. It was also – surprisingly, perhaps – my first time visiting a solar challenge event, so this was a unique opportunity to gain experience in reporting “from the field”. One of the things I almost immediately learned that for such an event, writing blog posts is almost impossible, and that social media such as Facebook and Twitter are the channels of choice.

I’ve shot hundreds of photos, several videos (including a few of spectacular spin-outs!) and made many notes during the event. I will organise and publish those in the days to come.

For now, I’d like to thank the event’s organisers, volunteers, sponsors, the Zolder race track and of course the solar car teams for this unique experience. I think everyone had a fun time, and an educational time. I absolutely hope this event will be back in 2016. When it is, I’ll be there for sure.

Watch this space for more updates about the 2014 ESC.