2009 - 2010 Campaigns
Another adventure is set to begin
If you were the Aurora 101 solar car you would want to be getting home by now. Home being Melbourne, Australia, last seen on 22 March 2010. But your hard driving masters, the Aurora Vehicle Association, want you to undertake a three week tour of China in September before returning to Melbourne some seven months after you left!
From little things big things grow
Here in southern Australia, winter brings cooler temperatures and more precipitation to an otherwise sunburnt country. It also provides an ideal opportunity to repair, maintain, and enhance one's garden. For more than a year, Aurora team member Rebecca Trump has led an effort to improve the grounds of Aurora's workshop. With the highest winter rainfall in a decade, the team garden now flourishes.
Power and the passion
At whatever event Aurora participates, the team meets the most interesting people. Solar car racing consistently brings together the best minds and brightest personalities, and this year's Suzuka Dream Cup was no exception.
Completely dependent on sunshine
The last of the early mornings had to be endured as we left for the track at 7.30 AM. We needed to do many jobs to prepare for the second heat of the 2010 Suzuka Dream Cup. Importantly, the only recharging session was scheduled for 10.00 AM and the weather forecast was for cloud. Most teams had used all of their battery capacity the day before in the hard-fought first four hour heat. Every team was in need of a good charging session.
Ready to race, nearly
The first free practice session was scheduled to start at 7.00 AM. This meant a departure from the hotel at 6.15 AM and without breakfast.
Pandasan Wakaba-Go Dream Factory
A great confusion of names and new teams greeted us when we reached the track at 7.45 AM. We thought we were early but already about 25 teams and their cars were lined up to start scrutineering. They included both Sky Ace TIGA from Japan and Nuna from the Netherlands.