MEDIA ALERT: ANU to unveil solar car to compete in World Solar Challenge

Monday, September 18, 2017 — Students from The Australian National University (ANU) on Tuesday will launch their first high-technology solar car to compete in the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide.

Media are invited to attend.

The MTAA Super Charge, named for its major sponsor, Canberra based superannuation fund MTAA Super, has cutting-edge solar panels and Lithium ion battery technology to power a highly-efficient electric motor for the 3,022km race from Darwin to Adelaide from 8-15 October.

The ANU Sol Invictus team is student led with 30 students from a number of disciplines across the university, including law, science, engineering, and economics.

The team has worked tirelessly over the last two years to design and build a solar vehicle, raise sponsorship, and manage manufacturers, media, sponsors, academics, and students.

The Bridgestone 2017 World Solar Challenge is a biennial race for solar powered cars.

The event attracts competitors ranging from universities such as Stanford, MIT and Cambridge through to technical institutes and private enterprises. Companies such as Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford and Panasonic use the race as a testbed for their new technologies and components.

The car will be on display and students will be available to be interviewed.

WHO: ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt, MTAA CEO Leeanne Turner and Emily Rose Rees, Sol Invictus project lead.

WHAT: Launch of the ANU MTAA Sol Invictus solar car

WHERE: SA5/Bruce Hall courtyard, Building 150, Dickson Road, ANU

WHEN: 9.30am, Tuesday 19 September

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 6125 7979 or email