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    GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants - GM Supports Diesel Idea

    GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants

    GM Holden Limited
    18 October 2007
    www.holden.com.au

    From futuristic solar vehicles to a petrol/electric hybrid and an ethanol production car, four of this year’s innovative entrants in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge (WSC) will be supported by General Motors on their journey through the heart of Australia.

    The WSC is an energy efficiency challenge running over 3,021 kilometres through central Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. The event runs from 21-28 October 2007 and is designed to showcase research and development in solar energy and other potential fuel sources for future transport needs.

    GM has been involved as a sponsor in the World Solar Challenge since the inaugural event in 1987 was won by GM’s Sunraycer.

    In the WSC’s elite Challenge class, General Motors is a platinum sponsor of the University of Michigan’s solar car Continuum. This is the ninth-generation entrant from the North American university which has achieved three third place finishes in this event.

    As part of its sponsorship support, staff of the Design PPO shops at GM’s Technical Centre in Michigan helped come up with design and engineering solutions in production of the vehicle moulds. Local GM Holden aerodynamic engineers helped the team undertake wind tunnel testing when the vehicle arrived here in Australia.

    Through its Community Support Program, GM Holden is providing assistance to two local entrants: Annesley College’s petrol/electric hybrid in the Greenfleet Prototype class; and TAFE SA’s solar car entry in the Adventure class.

    For the all-female team at Annesley College, Holden has provided a Holden Viva Hatch which has been converted by the College into a petrol/electric hybrid. Holden has also provided fuel efficient Holden Rodeo and Captiva diesel models as support vehicles.

    TAFE SA’s entrant – RAA Kelly – is a solar car entered in the Adventure class. Holden’s sponsorship is helping the team with event participation costs for the 3,000 kilometre race.

    In the Greenfleet Technology class, Australia’s first ethanol production car, Saab BioPower, will be driven by Team Ethanol on E85 fuel (85 per cent ethanol, 15 per cent petrol). The GM Premium Brand has just launched the E85 flex-fuel Saab 9-5 BioPower for sale in Australia. E85 fuel is not currently commercially available in Australia, but BioPower is able to run on petrol until it is.

    Saab BioPower is already the best selling environmentally friendly vehicle in its home market of Sweden with ethanol representing one of the most significant near term solutions being introduced by GM as part of its alternative propulsion strategy.

    GM globally has adopted a clear three-pronged approach to reduce fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions in the future. In the near-term, GM will continue to refine and improve today’s technology to provide better efficiency and performance whilst also introducing renewable alternative fuel vehicles, such as BioPower.

    In the mid-term, GM will focus considerable resources in bringing more electric and hybrid technologies to market and, in the long-term, will continue its efforts to develop and bring to market vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
    GM Holden Director of Innovation Engineering, Richard Marshall, said locally GM Holden was committed to energy diversity and finding alternate propulsion breakthroughs.

    “Looking ahead, we think drivers will begin to understand and choose the alternative powertrain solution that suits their transport needs,” Mr Marshall said.

    “Where drivers spend most of their time in heavily congested traffic, petrol hybrids may offer the appropriate level of performance with low fuel consumption. For people whose driving habits typically include a mix of inner city, suburban and country driving, diesel vehicles may be more likely to deliver powerful performance and better fuel economy.

    “In Australia, most driving falls into this latter category where relatively low density residential suburbs, rapidly spreading coastal fringes and long distances between rural population centres are generally more suitable for diesel powertrains,” said Marshall.

    “The World Solar Challenge provides a great opportunity to draw attention to the potential offered by some of these alternative energy sources as the different technologies develop,” he added.

    Team Media Contacts:
    University of Michigan – Brian Ignaut, Tel 0432 619 356, http:// www.umsolar.com
    Annesley College – Sophie Mibus, Tel 0488 504 535, http://www.annesley.sa.edu.au/co-curric/solar.htm
    TAFE SA – Gerry Paay, Tel 0407 286 685, http://solarcar.tafesa.edu.au/raakelly.htm
    Team Ethanol – Brian Norris, Tel 0417 822 962, http:// www.teamethanol.com.au, http://www.saab.com.au

    World Solar Challenge Media Contact:
    Skye Murtagh – Tel 08 8231 3555, http://www.wsc.org.au


    General Motors sponsored University of Michigan’s solar car Continuum

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants

    Where do you put the groceries???
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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants

    They've been racing solar racers since 1987, that's a long time, yet no commercially viable technology resulted.

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Timekeeper
    Where do you put the groceries???
    Well if it's ethanol powered, you put them in the gas tank

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Butz
    They've been racing solar racers since 1987, that's a long time, yet no commercially viable technology resulted.

    still a cool idea though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butz
    They've been racing solar racers since 1987, that's a long time, yet no commercially viable technology resulted.
    So True, Try start that solar car on a cold wet winter morning.

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    That thing looks so cool from the side.....very "Star Wars" fighter, right down to the yellow color.
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    Day 1: The World Solar Challenge Heats Up

    Peter McKay
    22 October 2007
    www.wheelsmag.com.au

    Thirty-eight entrants from across the world will follow the sun from Darwin to Adelaide in this year's Solar Challenge. Wheels contributor and sometime-greenie Peter McKay reports from the road.

    Motoring tedium it can be, but it’s also a commendable push to develop alternative energy supplies to a world that is gobbling up its precious resources as a frightening rate…

    Thirty eight entries from 17 countries yesterday began their tough 3000km World Solar Challenge slog from Darwin to Adelaide using nothing but the sun’s rays.

    Entries range from whacky low-budget teams through to the three-times winner and record holder Nuon Solar Team from Holland.

    As organiser Chris Selwood quite properly suggested, the event has attracted some of the brightest young minds on the planet.

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    Day 2: Sun Seekers Fly South Under Clear Blue Skies

    Peter McKay
    23 October 2007
    www.wheelsmag.com.au

    The eerily silent rockets of the solar prototype class of the Panasonic World Solar Challenge are leading the earth-friendly charge across outback Australia, capitalising on largely blue skies and light winds.

    But the drivers battled the debilitating 38 degree Celsius ambient temperatures, which turned the tiny cockpits into furnaces.

    Out of Darwin, the Stuart Highway roadside was littered with solar cars hit with technical problems, or drivers needing a break from the under-glass sauna conditions.

    The quiet speeders whooshed past Katherine and were well on their way to Tennant Creek by the end of the first day. By 5pm Tuesday night they were camped in and around Alice and on target for a Thursday arrival in Adelaide.

    Competing separately, the Greenfleet Technology Class, for vehicles demonstrating improvements to the environment profile, had a relatively easy and leisurely 316km run south to Katherine on Monday but a hot and heavy 700km day two ending at Tennant Creek.

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    Rock Stars

    Peter McKay
    25 October 2007
    www.wheelsmag.com.au

    After Darwin-Alice on a tank of fuel, with leftovers, the Wheels car in the Solar Challenge gets really serious.

    While the weird and wonderful creations of the World Solar Challenge winged their way to the finish in Adelaide, the more practical production cars competing in the Greenfleet category made a diversion overnight to visit Australia’s legendary Ayers Rock, aka Uluru.

    An awesome Uluru sunset followed by an outback feast does make a terrific treat after a long day at the wheel.

    Different approaches are being employed by the crews manning the participating vehicles.

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    Dutch Win Solar Car Race

    AAP
    25 October 2007
    www.smh.com.au

    The Dutch Nuon team has won the World Solar Challenge, with its Nuna4 car reaching the final checkpoint in Adelaide's north today.

    It was the fourth win in the 3000-kilometre race from Darwin to Adelaide for the Dutch team, which holds the race record at 29 hours and 11 minutes

    The car will continue on to the ceremonial finish line in Adelaide's Victoria Square tomorrow.

    In second position was the Umicar Infinity car from Belgium's Umicore Solar Team, while Victorian entrant Aurora 101 was third.

    Umicar Infinity went through Port Augusta today about 45 minutes behind Nuna4, while Aurora was a further 70 minutes behind.

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    Winner ... Nuon solar team 2007

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants - Dutch Team Wins Solar Car Race!

    Those Dutch guys were hitting the steroids.
    They need to be tested NOW!
    This is an outrage.
    Call in the ICF.
    Somebody get a quote from Lance.
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    ...
    ...(pssssttttt.......hey you.........this has nothing whatsoever to do with bicycling.......)

    um........Nevermind.


    Congratulations to the winners!

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants - Dutch Team Wins Solar Car Race!

    Solar Challenge Seeks Slower Racers

    Ian Porter
    31 October 2007
    www.drive.com.au

    Competitors in the next Panasonic World Solar Challenge will have less speed and more practicality, according to the event's organisers.

    The organiser of the Panasonic Solar Car Challenge is considering more rule changes to further slow the cars and make them more relevant to everyday needs.

    Event manager Chris Selwood said he was negotiating with overseas race organisers to agree on a new category of vehicles that would highlight more worldly concerns, such as load carrying.

    "We are discussing internationally the possibility of creating a utility class. Our event has never really been about outright speed.

    "We are considering making a points-based competition on practical attributes for a utility class car that could find practical use in remote communities and Third World countries. It's very high on people's agenda."

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants - Dutch Team Wins Solar Car Race!

    To me these racers don’t look any different than they did 10 years ago. To move the technology they will need to challenge them more. I would add a passenger and required them to carry some luggage.

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    Re: GM Gets Behind World Solar Challenge Entrants - Dutch Team Wins Solar Car Race!

    dutch masters strike again
    "I can do all things thru Christ, who strengthens me". Phillipians 4: 13

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