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MTAA Super Sol Invictus

MTAA Super Sol Invictus

Team overview

MTAA Super Sol Invictus

  • Car name

    MTAA Super Charge

  • University

    Australian National University

  • Country

    Australia

  • WSC class

    Adventure

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pending

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 15:07:32 Katherine 321.774
Day 2 Oct 9 11:49:15 Daly Waters 588.225
Day 3 Oct 10 9:22:21 Tennant Creek 986.718
Day 4 Oct 10 16:41:53 Alice Springs 1493.369
Day 5 Oct 12 14:49:56 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 6 Oct 13 15:22:24 Port Augusta 2720.27
Day 7 Oct 14 11:05:32 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

The 2017 challenge will be the first time MTAA Super Sol Invictus team from the Australian National University has participated.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

Our team has taken a systems engineering approach to designing our solar car. In a nutshell, the systems engineering process defines the goals and requirements – what the car needs to do – and follows this down into a set of specified set of checks the team can verify against. This framework then allows the team to separate the design into sub-systems, which minimises the interfaces and modes of failure. These sub-systems then allow each specialised engineering team to develop creative solutions to create a more efficient car in total, rather than just a single component.

What is unique about your solar car?

Being based at the Australian National University we are fortunate enough to have access to world leading solar research facilities, with our photovoltaics research at the global cutting edge. Our team members have been working closely with ANU researchers to incorporate this technology and research into our vehicle for the 2017 and subsequent competitions. In addition to this, we have embraced a culture of innovation which is evident in our four fairing design, our structurally optimised carbon fibre occupant cell and our secret race strategy software.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a unique experience that allows team members to develop technical, business, project management, media, and marketing skills in a practical manner. The competition is called a challenge for a reason, and has pushed our team members to think differently, work hard, innovate, try new approaches, and work in diverse teams.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

Our team is looking forward to experiencing Central Australia and being part of an international event as big and exciting as the BWSC.