Racing with the Sun MIT’s solar-vehicle team makes a strong showing down under. by David L. Chandler April 20, 2010 Eleanor charges her battery pack in the hot Australian sun before a test drive in the 2009 World Solar Challenge in October. The solar array is tilted towards the setting sun in order to get as much energy into the batteries as possible after a day of racing. The team celebrates in the fountain at Victoria Square in Adelaide after crossing the finish line. The team poses with Eleanor at the finish line. Eleanor streaks across the Nevada desert during a test drive in June 2009. The array gets lifted off of Eleanor during a test drive around Cambridge during the summer of 2009. The University of New South Wales’ solar car inches past Eleanor on day four of the race.