Our Team

Meet our members

Meet Australia’s premier solar electric racing car team

TeamArrow has been the first Australian team across the finish line in all of the races we have attended, including the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 World Solar Challenge, and have represented Australia at events around the world.

We’re incredibly passionate and are always on the lookout for passionate individuals to join our team. If that sounds like you, reach out and say hi!

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Get hands-on industry experience

  • Increase career prospects
  • Attend industry networking events

MEET AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER SOLAR ELECTRIC RACING CAR TEAM

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Get hands-on industry experience

  • Increase career prospects
  • Attend industry networking events

TeamArrow has been the first Australian team across the finish line in all of the races we have attended in the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 World Solar Challenges and have represented Australia at events around the world.

We’re incredibly passionate and are always on the lookout for like-minded individuals to join our team. If that sounds like you, reach out and say hi!

Management

Andrew Carr

President

Elisabeth Kong

Vice President

Spencer Roche

Secretary

Jack Chilton

Treasurer

Ben Harvey

Chief Technology Officer

PVC Pat

Chief Chassis Tester

Electrical

The electrical team brings life to the solar car, enabling it to absorb the sun’s energy, store it in a battery and hyper-efficiently transform that energy into motion.

A solar electric car uses the same core components as modern electric cars, including Tesla’s, with the added benefit of being able to charge in the sun. By incorporating solar cells into our design, we increase the car’s range while reducing running costs, solving two of the most significant barriers to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles – range anxiety and charging times.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Firmware and software programming

  • Electronics design and manufacturing (PCBs)

  • Low-voltage (LV) systems, including driver controls and telemetry

  • High-voltage (HV) systems, including the battery pack, in-hub BLDC motors and solar

  • Practical experience with industry-standard electrical CAD tools (Altium Designer, Saturn PCB Toolkit)

  • Photovoltaic (PV) solar array manufacturing

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Andrew Carr
  • Liam Kinne
  • Blake Rowden

  • Damien Raju

  • Ben Harvey

  • Rhys Kissell

  • Jasper Heinz

Mechanical

The mechanical team are responsible for designing and manufacturing all of the mechanical systems of the solar car, such as the suspension, chassis, ergonomics and aerodynamics.

A solar car focuses heavily on aerodynamics, as reducing drag can significantly improve a vehicle’s range and speed with the same electrical consumption. This is particularly important for an endurance race, such as the World Solar Challenge. This also means that the solar car has to be easy to drive and comfortable for long distances. The mechanical team uses a variety of industry tools to ensure the most efficient and safe solar car is developed.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Designing, manufacturing and testing of mechanical systems

  • Practical experience with industry-standard CAD and CAE tools (Solidworks, Ansys)

  • Aerodynamics modelling (CFD)

  • Hands-on experience manufacturing composite materials and fabricating metals
  • Interface directly with other TeamArrow divisions to ensure their system requirements can be met
  • Ensure vehicle crash safety

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Haydn Scott-Kilsby
  • Elisabeth Kong
  • Brad Seeley
  • Ryan Kamau
  • Tim Volk
  • Blake Bonney

  • Olivia ‘Liv’ Blight

  • Jack Chilton

  • Ethan Wallen

Marketing & Sponsorship

The media, marketing and sponsorship team is responsible for executing strategies to recruit new members, gain corporate sponsorship and not only nurture these partnerships but ensure the TeamArrow brand is consistent, cohesive and engaging across all platforms.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely heavily on corporate sponsorship, as well as passionate students and industry professionals to be able to build a new solar car biennially. It’s our job to make sure TeamArrow puts its best foot forward across all channels to draw our key stakeholders in and keep them engaged.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Social media content creation and engagement
  • Creation and execution of strategic marketing plans
  • Public relations (PR), communication and event management
  • Recruitment of sponsors and team members

  • Manage sponsor expectation, satisfaction and retention

  • Photography and videography
  • Graphic design for digital and print

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Sammy Calvert
  • Ryan Kamau
  • Lee Moles

  • Chris Twidle

  • Richard Heinz

Solar

The solar team is responsible for designing and building the solar energy system, including encapsulating the solar panels and evaluating and acquiring Maximum Power Point Trackers (MPPTs) to maximise the power delivered to the car captured from the sun.

Solar arrays are the power source for the car, so getting these built correctly and efficiently is crucial. As a member of the solar team, we get hands-on experience in building panels and work closely with the mechanical and aerodynamics teams to ensure the array is integrated into the car to maximise both solar collection and aerodynamic performance.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Building solar panels and arrays from scratch

  • Ensuring solar arrays are effectively integrated into the overall solar car design

  • Attaching the final solar array to the car and testing it works correctly

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Anthony Prior
  • Robert Mair

Our Team

Aaron Rauner

Electrical

Brad Seeley

Mechanical

Claire Carpenter

Electrical

Damien Raju

Electrical

Ethan Wallen

Mechanical

Haydn Kilsby

Mechanical

Jack Wright

Mechanical

Pop Charatm

Mechanical

Rowan Fairbairn

Strategy

Ryan Kamau

Mechanical

Shane Symonds

Mechanical

Tim Volk

Mechanical

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TEAM ARROW MEMBER?