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