World Solar Challenge – Coates Hire Car Tracker App
3 October 2013
Coates Hire, Australia’s largest equipment hire company is pleased announce its sponsorship of the World Solar Challenge and the introduction of a new innovation to this year’s event, the Coates Hire ‘Car Tracker’ App.
Available from Apple’s App store, people from around the world will be able to follow the progress of the cars and see the position of their favorite driver and team throughout the event. The Coates Hire Car Tracker can also be seen on the official event website, http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/
Building on the successful relationship with the South Australian Motor Sport Board, who run the Clipsal 500 V8 Event, Coates Hire is delighted to support this unique event that inspires clever ideas, new technologies and innovations that showcases clean, green, mobility solutions.
Coates Hire’s Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager, Adrian Ditcher said “Coates Hire is proud to be part of the World Solar Challenge, as it reflects the company’s own goals of being innovative and a Hire Industry leader in the provision of energy efficient and low CO2 emission plant and equipment, where available, as well as in its own business operations. Alternative energy sources, such as solar, are essential in combating global warming, and Coates Hire has recently embarked on a project to install these panels on a selected number of its branches across the country as an example of its support and commitment to this objective”.
In addition to the Car Tracker initiative, Coates Hire is also the official hire equipment supplier to the event providing the infrastructure surrounding the event start in Darwin and event end in Adelaide.
This year’s event - its twelfth running - sees the largest ever field with 40 teams from 23 countries competing.
Australia’s hope of victory rests with five teams.
University NSW Solar Team Sunswift and their solar sports car ‘eVe’ and TAFE SA’s Solar Spirit 111 are both contesting the inaugural Cruiser Class.
In the Elite Challenger Class the University of Western Sydney and their entry ‘Solace’ along with Queensland’s Team Arrow in Arrow 1 will be flying the Aussie flag, while in the Adventure Class, Aurora’s ‘Evolution’ from Melbourne is confident their experience will prevail.
They face stiff competition from four-time winners (2001, 2003, 2005 2007) the Nuon Solar team of the Netherlands as well as the 2009 and 2011 winners, Tokai University in their sleek Tokai Challenger.
Despite the reduction in solar panel size, the average speed of the vehicles has increased markedly. In 1987 John Harvey averaged 66.9km/h on his way to victory in General Motors Sunraycer, while at the last event in 2011 the average speed of winners Tokai University had risen to 91.54km/h.
The World Solar Challenge was borne from an epic journey across Australia in 1982, in a solar powered car driven by racing driver Larry Perkins and adventurer Hans Tholstrup. Coincidently the first Challenge in 1987 was won by John Harvey, another racing driver.
The 3,000 kilometre event will be flagged off from the State Square in Darwin on Sunday 6 October at 8.15am.