Until now Sleipner have fulfilled two races in Shell Eco-Marathon 2013. The weather was very rainy both Wednesday and Thursday. Yesterday Sleipner did 113.96 km/kWh (48 nl hydrogen gas) and today Sleipner did 130.54 km/kWh (42 nl hydrogen gas) in the 16,3 km lap.
Tomorrow is the last day of the competition and Sleipner will do one or two races if the weather forecast is correct – if rain no racing.
This morning, Elba achieved its first valid result on the track. The preliminary performance figure was 147 km/kWh, and this has never been achieved before by any Swedish team in the Urban Concept category.
After the validation, the car was taken back to the team paddock to be prepared for further attempts.
The Sleipner team also managed to produce valid results on the racing track. So far, its best performance has been 113 km/kWh.
Yesterday, Elba passed Shell’s technical and safety inspections without any problems. The staff was very impressed with the car’s technical details. Apparently, with its weight of only 90 kilograms it was one of the lightest cars that they had encountered in the Urban Concept category.
After the inspection, the crew was allowed to take the car out to the practice track. It was reportedly very easy to maneuver, and other systems such as regenerative braking functioned as expected.
Now the only thing that’s left is to prepare for the race. Shell provided the teams with an animated 3D rendering of the track, and our drivers studied it carefully in order to plan their driving effectively.
The main part of the outer shell was finally attached to the chassis yesterday.
Later in the evening, ELBA was transported together with Sleipner to Arlanda Test Track for some powered tests. It performed very well, although there are still lots of things that need to be done before the trip to Rotterdam.
This Friday Sleipner had its first test drive. It was a success except for the rainy weather and our inability to do the test drive outside on the parking lot. This week we will do more tests as the Sleipner project is coming closer to its deadline.