University of Calgary

Solar car revved up to race through Australian Outback

Sept. 16, 2013

After months of fine-tuning, the Schulich Delta solar car is almost ready to race 3,000 kilometres in scorching heat through some of the most remote terrain on Earth. The University of Calgary Solar Car Team is making final preparations for the World Solar Challenge, which takes place October 6 - 13.

More than 40 solar car teams from around the world will put their vehicles to the ultimate test by racing them through the Australian Outback from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south.

Two University of Calgary students are already in Australia preparing for the delivery of the Schulich Delta, which will arrive in a shipping container at the end of the week. The remaining team members will travel there in the next few days. At their final meeting before leaving Calgary, the team will discuss last-minute details and hold a live video conference with the two students who are already in Darwin. They will also play a video showing key points along the race route.

WHAT:    University of Calgary Solar Car Team prepares to leave for World   
         Solar Challenge in Australia.                                      
WHEN:    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. to noon.                  
WHERE:   University of Calgary Solar Team shop, 134 Collegiate Court.       
         Enter campus from 32nd Avenue. Map:           
WHO:     Members of the University of Calgary Solar Car Team.