Today was Dynamic Inspection out at Hidden Valley. The way this works is teams are released onto the track, one-by-one. Each team takes one warm-up laps, and then does what WSC calls a "flying lap" - as fast as the car is capable of (or as fast as the team feels safe attempting). The starting grid for WSC is ordered by the lap times, and passing teams out on the road out of Darwin takes time, so performing well on the flying lap is very important.
Teams were actually released onto the track two at a time - the second one released when the first was about half a lap ahead. It worked for the most part, but on a few occasions the two teams were too wildly mismatched in speed and ended up a little close to each other...
After the laps, teams were directed through a U-turn, a chicane, and a braking performance test.
A bunch of people expressed surprise at how well Solaris, KIT, and Goko did on the flying lap - those folks must not have been paying attention; these teams' cars are designed for track racing.
Four teams did not post a lap time: Siam Tech, RVCE, Sunswift, and Durham. RVCE had major issues with their battery pack - it sounds like a some cells are damaged and venting gas, so they were not able to make it out onto the track today. I think they've resigned themselves to the fact that the car will not be competing. Siam Tech and Durham both had unspecified electrical gremlins - Siam Tech made it out to Turn 1 on their one and only attempt before the car stopped. Durham made it out past turn 4 (veeerrry slowly) on their first attempt, and barely made it out of pit lane on their second. Sunswift had some more dramatic issues. They blew their front right tire on the final turn of their hot lap, ending up off the track. They may have done some damage to the brakes on that wheel, and never made it back on the track to complete dynamic scrutineering. I think WSC is going to let them compete, however.
I'm kind of fried after the past few days, so onto some photos with minimal commentary:
|Closeups of Goko's front suspension|
|Goko's rear suspension|
|The rear suspension on Megalux. Beautiful.|
|TAFE SA lining up in the morning as the first team to attempt dynamic scrutineering|
|IVY's front left suspension collapsed in the braking performance test. They made repairs and succeeded later in the day.|
|IVE on the trailer back to the pits.|
|Nagoya's very serious driver helmet.|
|WSU laying down a fast time in the morning.|
|Suspension parts in IVE's pit. They got the car back onto all four wheels very quickly.|
|Principia congratulating their driver after clocking a 2:06 lap.|
|Minnesota completing their flying lap. I didn't see it myself, but multiple people have told me their car got up on two wheels around the final turn.|
|Beijing ran off the track on their first attempt, and showed up for their second attempt without the fairings on the left side of the car. They had the fairings repaired and re-installed by the end of the day.|
|Solaris putting down a very fast lap.|
|Tehran drifting through turn 5 - DAT BODY ROLL!|
|Eindhoven putting down the fastest lap of the entire day|
|Arrow making a 1:54 lap time look easy.|
|WSU having a team huddle|
|Time for teams to line up for the team photo!|
Sleep time now, see you tomorrow...