It’s not every day that you get to visit a world class solar car team in Australia. The Melbourne team Aurora invited CalSol to their facilities on Thursday to explore the workshop and get a close look at several generations of solar vehicles. Martin Brook, the Educational Outreach Leader, kindly spent the afternoon with eleven of our members, showing us the inside and out of three of their vehicles.
We were immediately struck by the size of their building. We think we could fit both of our buildings at the Richmond Field Station into the main workspace of their CSIRO facilities and still have room to park our solar cars. Aurora uses this space to house many pieces of history that the team has created and acquired over many years. The walls are covered with awards and recognition for their accomplishments in the World Solar Challenge, Suzuka Dream Cup, and other respected events.