Australia

University of Cambridge solar car crashes before race 0

A highly advanced British solar car that took two years to develop was pulled out of a competition after it crashed into a barrier during pre-race testing. Ahead of the World Solar Challenge, held this year in Australia, the Cambridge University Eco-Racing team’s solar powered Mirage car rolled after experiencing a “sudden loss of dynamic(…)

Toyota pulls out of Australia 0

Toyota’s withdrawal from Australia could see as many as 6,000 lose their jobs. The firm’s main plant in Altona North closed early October, seeing 2,600 workers lose their jobs – a figure which doesn’t represent the vast amount of supply chain workers who depend on orders from the plant. “All up today, there are about(…)

Koala takes 10 mile trip hidden behind front wheel 0

A koala survived a ten mile road trip clinging to the axle of a 4×4 after climbing in for a doze. The startled driver stopped after hearing the cries of the traumatized animal and called the emergency services, who removed the wheel to free the terrified marsupial. “I could smell her burnt fur,” Jane Brister,(…)

Toyota release real life Tonka Truck 0

If any extra proof was needed that Aussie blokes can’t spend enough on their pick-ups: Toyota has transformed its HiLux into a genuine, real life Tonka Truck. In Australia last year, the Toyota HiLux was the best selling vehicle – of any type – marking the first time in history a pick-up had topped the(…)

Renault faces up to lack of preparation 0

After they finished outside the points in Melbourne, the MD of Renault, Cyril Abiteboul, admitted the team went into the GP lacking “mileage and preparation”. Jolyon Palmer endured a horrific season opener in Australia that ended in retirement, with the UK driver pulling up after only 15 laps with brake problems. Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg fared(…)