9/22/2013 Pre-race update!

Posted on September 21, 2013 by Greg Nash.


Our race crew has been hard at work the past few days getting ready to make our drive from Melbourne up to Darwin! We are all super excited to get to compete in the World Solar Challenge in just 15 days from now! We have the car just about ready to go after unpacking it!

Luckily for us the weather has become absolutely wonderful and is helping our efforts in prepping Daedalus for the World Solar Challenge. Over the past couple days we have completed our enclosed trailer for transporting Daedalus, completed installing components removed for shipping and are excited to get on the road!

 Picking up our equipment from Customs.

Picking up our equipment from Customs.

 Our completed enclosed trailer to protect Daedalus while being transported to the race!

Our completed enclosed trailer to protect Daedalus while being transported to the race!

Our advance crew have all arrived in Melbourne, where the weather is clearly beautiful about 10% of the time. Cold weather and rain have made working outdoors a little unpleasant, but as Minnesotans were used to it. The car cleared customs and was ready for pickup from DHL as soon as we landed.

Thanks to to some excellent packing by Midwest Crating, Daedalus arrived without a single scratch. Its great not having to worry about repairing anything; this way we can get on the road sooner.

 Picked up solar car in Melbourne!

Picked up solar car in Melbourne!

 Daedalus sitting pretty.

Daedalus sitting pretty.

Were reassembling everything, preparing our trailer, and making sure the car is good to go before we start doing our first test drives in Australia since Aurora 4, almost 14 years ago. The whole team has been waking up bright and early every day, excited to get the car rolling again (the fact that everyone goes to bed by 9 pm and wakes up at 6 is surely from excitement, and definitely not because of the significant jet-lag).

Finally, to answer the question on everyone's mind: No, we haven't seen a single kangaroo yet.

 The weather here in Melbourne has gotten a lot better since we arrived! Its perfect solar car weather now!

The weather here in Melbourne has gotten a lot better since we arrived! Its perfect solar car weather now!

 There are so many parrots here in Australia! It is amazing to see them flying around our work areas!

There are so many parrots here in Australia! It is amazing to see them flying around our work areas!