1987 - 1999 Campaigns
The team is almost all here in Darwin. Most had arrived by last Friday and we have spent a couple of days preparing the car. We have had two significant trial runs, and yesterday we ran 350 km from Darwin to Jabiru (in the Kakadu National Park), with 3 drivers. Along the way we saw the Queen's University team from Canada, the Helios team from France, and two teams from Japan.
In 1996 the Honda team went home with the spoils again. The Aurora car was running 4th when an accident forced its withdrawal from the race. For the 1999 race, further work to improve the utilisation of the solar cell array, the brakes, the suspension, and data telemetry from the car to the support crew, is taking place.
In the 1993 World Solar Challenge, the first five cars eclipsed the race record set in 1987 by General Motor's Sunraycer. Aurora Q1 was one of the five. Aurora Q1 crossed the finish line in 5th place in a time of 43:00 hours, only 25 minutes behind third placed Kyocera Son of Sun. Once again, they were the first Australian team to cross the finish line.