MTAA Super Charge – the new ANU solar car revealed
19 September 2017
MTAA Super, the $10 billion superannuation fund and major name sponsor for The Australian National University’s (ANU) solar challenge team (“Sol Invictus”), unveiled the “MTAA Super Charge” on 19 September.
The car which will compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on 8th October will go up against more than twenty other solar car teams from across the globe including Cambridge University, Stanford University and the Nagoya Institute of Technology.
MTAA Super Chair the Hon John Brumby said: “We are delighted to be supporting the ANU, one of Australia’s premier universities in participating in this world class event.
“The project marries three important passions of the fund: innovation, environmental sustainability and commitment to community,”Mr Brumby said.
Leeanne Turner, MTAA Super CEO added “We are proud to be associated with this innovative project which has potentially far reaching implications for the future of automotive transportation.”
The 3,000 km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge which kicks off in Darwin, NT travels the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta and then via Highway 1 to the finish in Adelaide, SA. The 30 person ANU team which built MTAA Super Charge comprises undergraduates across a range of disciplines and is one of 3 Australian teams in the Challenger category.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt said: “We are deeply grateful for the support of MTAA Super. The sponsorship has enabled our team members to focus their attention on building a car that is ready to meet the rigorous technical and logistical challenges ahead.”
MTAA Super wishes the team all the best over the next few weeks as they make their way up to Darwin in late September and on to the starting line at State Square, Darwin for an early AM start.
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