Aurora are on the way to the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin today. This continues Aurora’s tradition of competing in every World Solar Challenge since the inaugural event in 1987. The 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a 3,000km road rally through the centre of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide.
Aurora Evolution, placing second in the production class in the 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge will this year be racing in the GoPro Adventure Class. Evolution has received a number of key electrical upgrades to test new systems for Aurora’s newest fully road legal solar car under development - Aurora Solaris.
The team hopes to arrive on Monday morning September 30th, the trip from Melbourne to Darwin taking about four days. Having the home field advantage, the team plans to take full advantage of this and spend as much time as possible in Aurora’s fully equipped workshop to make sure Aurora Evolution is in peak condition.
Aurora have continued to support the World Solar Challenge since its inaugural event in 1987. The team is always encouraging new members to join its fully volunteered force so if you feel you want to make an impact on the future of solar cars, let us know!
Stay tuned for updates on the teams progress on our facebook page www.facebook.com/aurorasolarcar where the team will be posting photos videos and news.
Further information about the event and news relating to it can be found here www.worldsolarchallenge.org.
05-06-2013 - Aurora focuses on fully road legal car design and will run Aurora Evolution in the 2013 WSC
The Aurora Solar Car team will run its existing car Aurora Evolution in this year’s World Solar Challenge, this decision has been driven by the desire to move the team from a competition focus to one aimed at building practical approachable solar cars, with the key aim of designing a fully Australian road legal solar car. This approach requires a level of design complexity unseen in previous generations of competition cars and the team is choosing to invest that time in preference to rushing a design to competition.
To work toward that goal, key elements of the new electrical and electrical safety systems designed for Aurora Solaris will be fitted to Aurora Evolution in readiness for its competion in the Adventure class. This will also allow the team to field test components and software in one of the harshest road challenges on earth.
On Sunday, World Solar Challenge Officials announced, two days ahead of schedule, their 2013 Event and new Regulations. There are technical and competitive Regulations changes which allow four different classes of solar EVs and introduce new twists into the legendary Event's format.
The Aurora Solar Car Team is excited about the opportunities presented by the new Regulations. For more information about World Solar Challenge 2013, please visit: