Sustainable mobility for everyone.
To show the world a positive future by demonstrating true zero emissions vehicles utilising Australian ingenuity and the highest technology available.
Aurora is a not-for-profit entity. Its members pay annual fees and cover all of their own costs when participating in events, and no member is paid by or employed with Aurora. The organisation is sustained by a group of visionary sponsors who provide services, materials and finances to the activities of the Association.
The Association is proud to have relationships with some of Australia's leading universities, such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney. We are housed in a CSIRO facility and hold office with Minter Ellison, one of the largest law firms in the Asia Pacific.
Aurora started in 1980 by building petrol economy specials. Between 1983-85 it held the world record for fuel economy posting a high of 5107 miles per imperial gallon. In 1987 Aurora turned to solar car development when Hans Tholstrup devised the first trans-continental World Solar Challenge. Aurora has been a contestant in every World Solar Challenge with an amazing record of 1 win, 4 seconds, 1 third, 1 fifth, 1 sixth and one crash.
Our Key People
Andris Samsons, Chairman
Gordon Baker, Treasurer
Tom Baker, Electrical Team Leader and Head Strategist
Martin Brook, Management Committee Member and Educational Outreach Leader
Jack McArthur, Crew Chief
Daniel Mills, Management Committee Member and Mechanical Team Leader
Darren Trafford, Aero/Body Team Leader