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Well, here we are!

Friday, October 30th, 2009 by

charging-darwinThis morning, the Roadster was taken out for one of its last road trips for a while – the Urban Cycle course around Adelaide, heading up into the hills through Belair and then down through Magill and North East Road before returning to the city centre to attend an official welcome by the SA premier, Mike Rann.

After 3,147 kilometres, we’ve successfully driven our team all the way from Darwin to Adelaide, with the Roadster travelling completely on electric power – and we set a world record on the way. Nothing to laugh at!

Now, for those of you a little confused about the nature of this Eco Challenge, and whether or not it was a race, and if you’re wondering how well each of the cars did, I’ve got a few numbers for you. Unfortunately, these numbers do not relate to the two electric cars (the Roadster and the Deep Green Research Honda Civic) – those are coming tomorrow once the data-monkeys can crunch some numbers.

So. For the rest of the pack, their ‘performance’ is based upon a comparison with published Australian Design Regulation figures. This is how it panned out, for each of the VFACTS classes entered in the Challenge:

Eco Challenge Awards

Production Class Small Car Diesel
Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 15.44%
Production Class Small Car Petrol
Suzuki Alto GLX 18.55%
Production Class Ute/Light Truck
HSV Maloo Ute 48.76%
Production Class Large Car Petrol
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo 39.81%
Production Class Large Car Diesel
Skoda Superb 33.50%
Production Class Medium/ Off Road
Hyundai Santa Fe SLX – Entry#5 23.90%
Production Class 2 seat Electric
Tesla Roadster
Modified Production Small Electric
Deep Green Research Honda Civic
Modified Production Hybrid
Annesley College Holden Viva
Modified Production Motor Bike
Top Gear Magazine – Honda CT-110 (postie bike!)

World Solar Challenge Awards

Adventure Class
3rd Goko High School Hiroshima
2nd Southern Aurora
1st Osaka Sangyo University

Challenge Class Silicon
Winner: University New South Wales

Challenge Class
3rd University of Michigan
2nd Nuon Solar Team

Overall Winner
Winner: Tokai University

As you can see, everybody’s a winner! (Well, almost…)
See you tomorrow night at the presentations, we’ve been told there’s a few more awards that they haven’t announced just yet!

Congratulations to everybody involved – it wouldn’t have been the same without you!