24 October 2009
Race Report BWSC 2009
The Umicar Inspire aimed for gold in the World Solar Challenge of 2009. After the previous team finished second in 2007, the team was convinced that the first place was within reach.
The first day of the race went smooth, with the solar car making its way to second place. However, 380 kilometers past Darwin, disaster struck. While fighting for that coveted first place, a strong gust of wind picked up the car and swung it against a tree. The pilot was unharmed, but the car was heavily damaged. The team, defeated and disappointed, chose to drive back to Darwin to minimize the damage to the car.