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Cambridge University Eco Racing

Cambridge University Eco Racing

Team overview

Cambridge University Eco Racing

  • Car name

    Mirage

  • University

    Cambridge University Eco Racing

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • WSC class

    New registrations

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pending

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Jan 1 9:30:00 Adelaide

How many times has your team participated in the event?

CUER first participated in the World Solar Challenge in 2009. This year is our fifth entry to the Challenge and we’re out to smash the old record of our team.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

Our new car evolves our unique design philosophy, known as the Resolution concept that we have established over our previous two entries. We take a different approach to most other solar teams, by using a teardrop shape that places aerodynamics at the forefront of our design process. To make this possible, we work with the world’s most efficient solar cells to produce the energy we need. By exploring new areas of ultra-efficient vehicle technology, we believe we can competitively question the accepted concept of solar vehicles.

What is unique about your solar car?

By placing so much emphasis on aerodynamic performance, instead of aiming to use the greatest surface area for solar cells, our car aims to radically reduce drag through a teardrop design. We have incorporated a trackable solar array into the design to improve our daily energy intake, and to make the most of the powerful outback sun. As the third iteration of this concept, we have been able to incorporate and optimise more exciting features in this vehicle and iron out many wrinkles from previous designs.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

The BWSC provides an opportunity to showcase the culmination of our efforts to produce the best solar car that we can. As the biggest solar competition in the world, the BWSC allows us to not only compete against the best teams in the world, but also contribute to and benefit from the network of support and shared knowledge amongst the solar racing community. The unique challenge presented by the competition creates an excellent environment for fast-paced learning and team-building which benefits all our team members.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

We always look forward to being a part of a wider community of people who are all incredibly passionate about solar racing and efficient technology, but also extremely willing to help out other teams in need. Sharing in each others’ journeys in Australia is such an enriching experience.