World Solar Challenge: Across Australia with RADOX
Through 3,000 kilometres of Australian desert with solar energy alone – the World Solar Challenge. The solar-powered car race has been held every two or three years since 1987. Participating in 2011 was the «Aurora Evolution» vehicle, which is fully-equipped with RADOX cables donated by HUBER+SUHNER.
The World Solar Challenge 2011 was held from 16 to 23 October, starting from Darwin in northern Australia, along the Stuart Highway, to Adelaide in the South. The solar-powered cars of 37 teams from 21 countries lined up for the start. Each day, the cars travelled as far as possible under the harsh desert conditions. Bushfires and poor weather conditions impeded the race and the vehicles were tested to the limits. Most failed to survive the 3,000 kilometres. The Aurora Vehicle Association team, an Australian non-profit organisation promoting sustainable transport participated for the tenth time in 2011. The team has taken part in all the World Solar Challenge events since 1987, mostly with great success.
Light, reliable and fire-resistant
Their new «Aurora Evolution» solar-powered car features state-of-the-art technology. This is an absolute necessity, as only the most efficient electric vehicles have a chance for success. The car reaches a speed of 155 km/h and can cover 700 kilometres on a sunny day. Including batteries, it weighs just under 140 kilos and is wired with RADOX cables donated by HUBER+SUHNER. «RADOX cables are ideal as they are light and reliable, but also fire-resistant,» explains Andris Samsons, driver and Chairman of the Aurora Vehicle Association. «These are decisive criteria in the World Solar Challenge.» And success was on the agenda again in 2011: «Aurora Evolution» came 2nd in the production class and 7th in the overall rankings. Andris Samsons was delighted: «Thanks to great support from our sponsors and the hard work of our team members, we finished ahead of several top teams, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and the pre-race favourites from Group T University in Belgium. This is certainly a great result for the Aurora Vehicle Association.»
Ambassador for sustainable mobility
Aurora is the most active solar-powered vehicle in the world, communicating its message to more than 500,000 people every year. The Aurora Vehicle Association regularly participates in important automotive events with an aim to promoting sustainable mobility and bringing new technologies to series production maturity. Vehicles from past races can be admired at various exhibitions