Saturday, October 08, 2005

Picture time!

Imran has pretty much summed up most of the race details. There are a few things that I wanted to add to that:

A very special thanks to all the other teams that went out of their way to help us out. Specifically, thank you to MIT for loaning us a motor and controller. These guys are amazing. They rolled their car during qualifying, lost close to 50% of their solar array, and still managed to finish around 6th. I'd also like to thank Michigan for loaning us a motor for the race. They really came through in the end and really helped us out. Thanks to Waterloo for shipping us their spare motor from Canada. It didn't make it here in time, but we're still eternally grateful for the gesture. Finally, thanks to the Belgian team Umicore. They loaned us one of their spare motor controllers, which they had on loan from another team! Now that's trust!

I'd also like to thank everyone on the SunStang race team. It was a long hard battle, but they all pulled through in the end. Thanks go out to Brian Coulter, Saleh Osman, Rory McIntyre, and Chris Lohnes. A special thanks to Imran Atcha. He sacrificed more than anyone else, more than anyone should have, to get us to this race. Thanks Imran! A big thank you to Ken McLean, and Scott Cameron for joining us for the race. Their help during the race, and the rest of the time they were with us was amazing. We really could not have done the race without you guys! Finally, a big thanks to Dave Reed and Greg Iakovidis. They took the time off work to come join us for our journey, and helped us get to the finish line.

I'm sure I missed some people from that list... if so, please post in the comments, and I'll make some amendments.

Now onto the pictures!!

SunStang testing at Hidden Valley in Darwin. It was during one of these hot laps that we lost our motor. Amazingly, we were able to repair it. It was still a bit rough, though, so we still preferred to run on Michigan's motor for the race.

The damaged motor in all its glory. Note the missing magnets, and the scratched up coils.

The repaired coils, after a bit of "artistic" modification ;).

The car leaving the starting line in Darwin.

Charging at the side of the road.Doing some repairs, and running through checklists, during a beautiful sunrise.

Charging during a (mostly) sunny afternoon.

A quick road-side tire change. That's me under there acting as the human jack stand. And no, we are not in the middle of the road... this is a paved rest area (which was quite rare in the outback).

Just to prove that we actually did make it onto the road, here's a picture of us cruisin'.

An early morning Hungry Jack's breakfast in Port Augusta. Look at Rory devouring that Aussie Burger!

Our poor poor canopy after flying off, the solar car, and being crushed by the chase vehicle.

The finish line! Thanks Imran for giving me drivers seat for the final moment!

Imran, Rory and me in the fountain in Victoria Square in Adelaide. It's tradition that all drivers get dunked in the water after the race. C-c-c-cold!

That's enough pictures for now. I'll post more tomorrow. I may still be on Australia time, but 3:30 am is still pretty late!


Blogger Garrett said...

Great pictures guys. It's nice to see that we still have the Electrovaya helmet (one thing that I was responsible for that actually made it to the outback)! The team has done an amazing thing, and we're all looking forward to many more achievements from this great group.


10:37 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Just a few more acknowledgements:

Special thanks to Hersh Ghandi, who spent a great deal of time with the business team preparing for the WSC race but who could not attend due to academic restrictions at Ivey.

Special thanks to Stephanie Gurski for her hard work for the team before she decided to leave.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Wow, great job Imran! Glad to see you're still as involved as you were in our good 'ol Can First days. Now get some sleep!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

WOW...this is really impressive. I have not had time to read through all the posts, but this is a really, really good idea. Good for you guys for doing this. I'm so glad you made it to Australia. That ROCKS. Hope to hear more from you soon.

From a SunStang Alumni

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