Members of Queensland’s Team Arrow will take their vehicle for a lap of the HPV course this weekend.
Members of Queensland’s Team Arrow will take their vehicle for a lap of the HPV course this weekend. Team Arrow

World solar power racers to tackle M'boro HPV track

A TEAM contesting the World Solar Challenge in October will test the track at Maryborough's RACQ Technology Challenge this weekend.

Councillor for events Darren Everard  said members of Queensland's Team Arrow would take their vehicle for a lap of the HPV course about 11.35am on Saturday in memory of Mal Mathie, who died earlier this year.

Mal was the long-time coordinator of the solar boat and car championships at the Tech Challenge in Maryborough, presiding over the event for the past 11 years.

Cr Everard said the lap by the solar racers was a "very fitting tribute".

"Mal was a real gentleman and very passionate about alternative energy as well as educating children," he said.

"He was a huge part of the RACQ Technology Challenge and he will be sadly missed but this is a great way to make sure his legacy lives on."

Team Arrow is a Queensland-based Australian team consisting of highly skilled technology professionals, engineers, technicians, designers, mechanics and students.

They will tackle the biennial solar-powered car race on October 6-13, covering 3021km through the outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

Cr Everard said the vehicles that competed in the solar challenge were some of the most efficient ever made.

"They can cruise across Australia at over 100km an hour, using less power than a toaster," he said.

"It will also be a great chance for some of the teams at the technology challenge to inquire about future career paths and opportunities with some of the brightest minds in their field."

More than 2000 students from across Queensland will contest the RACQ Technology Challenge, in state title events including the Human Powered Vehicle Race, Ergon Solar Model Car and Boat Challenge, Smilie Pushcarts, CO2 Dragsters and Robotics Challenge.

For more information, go to www.technologychallenge.com.au or find the full program here.



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