The Road Ahead : June 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 54 MOTORING | FEATURE THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2013 TEAMARROW, WITH ITS Arrow1, will take on the best in the world over some 3000km, from Darwin to Adelaide, in the biennial, solar-powered vehicle event on October 6 to 13. "These are big companies and big universities -- with big wallets," TeamArrow spokesman Cameron Tuesley said. "We, on the other hand, are a band of experts with lots of experience and an understanding of how to work smarter, make the most of our resources and channel the passion of our team. "Our team includes past World Solar Challenge participants, highly skilled technology people, engineers and technicians, designers and mechanics. They come from all walks of life, but share a passion for making things possible and creating the future." QUT is central to the team's composition and will provide drivers who will perform 300km stints driving the vehicle through the Australian outback in up to 50-degree heat. Solar vehicle design and construction is like nothing else. Basically, each RACQ IN SUPPORT The RACQ is supporting TeamArrow's bid in the 2013 World Solar Challenge, with the Club transporting Arrow1 to various testing and promotional activities in South-East Queensland. One of these is expected to be the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough, an annual event aimed at developing efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles as forms of transport, as well as using emerging technologies in ways to help further secondary students' education. You can see Arrow1 up close in Maryborough on September 14-15 and at RACQ MotorFest, at Brisbane's Eagle Farm Racecourse, on July 14. You can also follow the vehicle's progress in the lead-up to, and on, the World Solar Challenge, through RACQ Advocacy's media adviser travelling with TeamArrow. challenge competitor is permitted a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy, with all other energy coming from the sun or recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle. "These are some of the most efficient vehicles ever made. They can reach 100km/h and cruise across Australia at 70-80km/h, using less power than a toaster," Cameron said. Arrow1 is being built at LSM Advanced Composites in Toowoomba, a small but dynamic company that specialises in the production of custom manufactured items utilising advanced composite materials. At 98 percent efficiency, the motor -- developed by the CSIRO in the 1990s -- is near perfect for its application. All-up, Arrow1 weights just 150kg without driver. TeamArrow hopes to build upon a competitive showing in 2013. "We're in it for the long haul," Cameron said. For the latest updates, go to facebook.com/teamarrowracing or twitter.com/teamarrowracing. taking the (solar) challenge QUEENSLAND'S ABILITY TO DRIVE CUTTING-EDGE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES IS ABOUT TO BE PUT TO THE TEST IN THE 2013 WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE. STORY BARRY GREEN They can reach 100km/h ... using less power than a toaster.