Most races exist to provide employment for racers and promoters and to boost sales for companies that sponsor the cars and drivers. They also serve as a competitive event that gathers huge crowds from around the world. The Sun Racing championshipis a bit different. It is a race with a humanitarian goal.
A Race with a Message
Sun Racing in Australia isn’t just about driving cars on a track and seeing who can reach the finish line faster. There is that part to it, and that is part of what draws the crowds to the event. But the cars and the venue all serve a greater purpose, and that is to increase awareness about solar energy and to create viable ways to use solarenergy in our daily lives.
The event’s name is quite literal, as each car is powered entirely by solar energy. No gas or other fuel source is used- it’s just rows of photovoltaic cells creating electrical energy directly from the sun. Each car is an innovation unto itself, designed by some of the brightest minds at Australia’s universities. In fact, most of the racers and car makers are students and faculty as the many universities fromaround Australia.
A Springboard for innovation
Many industries could benefit fromsolar powered ingenuity, but vehicles seem like one of the most obvious choices. For one, they use up a lot of fuels that are becomingscarcer and scarcer. For another, they are constantly out on the road, exposed to sunlight, making them perfect candidates for receiving solar power.
And many of the designs thought up for the Sun racing event are actually being considered by car manufacturers. This event is visited by someof the creative heads that work at major car companiesaround the world. They are looking at the innovative designs and buying some of them up for their own companies.
This is a great example of many people working together for a common goal. And the results have been quite amazing. As with any project, the more people working together, the faster it can go. For something like bathroom renovations, having a lot of hands helping with the work can make it speed by quickly. When you have a lot of skilled laborers tearing down walls and tiling the floors together, the work goes much quicker. Sun Racing and the innovations it is bringing about to the automobile industry is more like many bathroom renovators working on separate jobs, then coming to check up on each other and learn from one another.
The automobile industry is learning from the car inventors at Sun Racing. And those competitors are learning what the automobile industry is looking for. Even recently, the event unveiled a new class of cars that more closely resembles vehicles that would be used on the roads today. It is just another step closer to bringing solar power to the cars we drive and making the environment cleaner for everyone.