4th December, 2016

SEM 2016 Day 6: Optimisation

We woke up on Saturday, day 6, sitting at 19th place of 49 battery-electric prototype competitors on a score of 157 km/kWh. Of those 49, just 20 had completed a successful run. We were happy to be among the select group that had completed 8 gruelling laps, but we intended to be much higher on […]

2nd December, 2016

SEM2016 Day 5: The other side of the mountain

After 3 days of inspection and practice, Friday was the first day of competition. Here’s a quick refresher on how the competition works. Every team has 4 opportunities to complete a scoring run, consisting of about 18 km in 8 laps. To be considered valid, the run must be completed in under 43 minutes, which […]

30th December, 2016

2016 Day 3: Taking the Rough with the Smooth

The track for SEM 2016 London featuring the Olympic stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which features a 178-metre tunnel slide (the world’s longest!), the flags of the SEM competitor nations, and a brooding London sky.   With the early-morning presentation of printed data sheets for all components, the final administrative hurdle to TI cleared, and Geec […]

29th December, 2016

2016 Day 2: Fix, Test, Repeat

The first full day of SEM Europe 2016 broke beautifully over our campsite in northeast London. All tents and team members survived the first night of camping. Team leaders and drivers had an early start to begin the Technical Inspection (TI) process. By 9am, the entire team was in the paddock, hard at work to […]