University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 28, 2011 11:24 ET

University of Calgary: Solar car drivers up against 45-degree heat, no power steering and the occasional kangaroo

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2011) - The University of Calgary Solar Team is about to put the Schulich Axiom to the ultimate test: racing 3,000 km through the Australian Outback, from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south. Nearly forty teams from around the world – including three others from Canada – will compete in the World Solar Challenge beginning October 16.

Drivers have spent months in training, mastering the art of highway driving and practicing hot yoga to get their bodies accustomed to intense heat for extended periods of time. The driver's compartment of the Axiom is expected to reach extreme temperatures under the scorching Australian sun.

At the final meeting before leaving for Australia, the team will discuss last-minute preparations and hold a video conference with two members who have already arrived in Australia with the vehicle.

Media are invited to the team's shop for interviews and to see two of the team's previous solar cars.

WHAT U of C Solar Team prepares to leave for World Solar Challenge in Australia

WHEN Thursday, Sept 29, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

(Video conference followed by media interviews)

WHERE University of Calgary Solar Team shop, 134 Collegiate Court

Enter campus from 32nd Avenue

Map: http://bit.ly/nDLl3p

INTERVIEWS U of C Solar Team

Guy Gendron, Dean, Schulich School of Engineering

Contact Information

  • University of Calgary
    Schulich School of Engineering
    Jennifer Sowa, Media Relations
    Mobile: 403.993.8679
    jsowa@ucalgary.ca