Flinders takes part in World Solar Challenge

Students Ben and David building a steering wheel lock for the solar car
Flinders University Matthew, Eindhoven Wout and Beatrix in class
Flinders University Matthew, Eindhoven Wout and Beatrix in class

Flinders University has joined forces again with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to usher in a new generation of solar vehicles. The world’s leading solar challenge event will then cover the 3000km commencing from Darwin 8 October to Adelaide through Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Port Augusta to finish on 15 October in Victoria Square, Adelaide. You can keep up to date with all the latest information, including tracking the cars on their journey here.

Flinders Bachelor of Education (Science) students Kimberley and Mathew along with the Aurora Solar team will deliver a solar schools education project in NT schools leaving Adelaide on the 21st September and arriving in Darwin 30th September.

Flinders Paramedic students Zeb and Acacia are once again providing additional resources to the Chief Medical Officer, and will travel with all the solar teams across the 3,000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide.

Over 50 students and staff from engineering, computer science, information technology, business, mechanics, science, nanotechnology, marketing, tourism, health sciences and other arts and sciences courses have been involved building a practical and efficient family car fuelled by solar car that will get its first entry into the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. “This is an exciting opportunity which is providing high-level project-based learning for our students at Tonsley and the chance to compete in the world’s largest solar challenge” says FAST Director, Dr Stuart Wildy.

The Flinders Automotive Solar Team (FAST) will enter an Australian Design Rules (ADR) compliant car in the challenge’s Cruiser class which features cars capable of carrying passengers. The car Investigator MarkIII is well advanced, and has been designed and built at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, in the former site of Mitsubishi carmaking, the Flinders team’s Investigator Mark III vehicle comes with a long tradition of automotive projects at Flinders. Please cheer FAST team on and follow their journey as they make their way from Darwin to Adelaide

Solar car under construction
Solar car under construction

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