The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017
Another two years of technical, business and personal development is coming to its culmination, the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. This year is particularly special as not only does it mark our 10 year anniversary as a team, but it is also the 30th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge, a 3,000km endurance competition across Australia.
With a large number of teams competing this year, 42 in all, this anniversary is a marvellous celebration of the capability and development of low-energy technologies as well as the ability and innovation of the students who work on these projects all around the world. As such, we are very proud to be taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for the 5th time and very much look forward to sharing our journey with you.
This year, you can support us on our journey by sponsoring your own solar km. Find out more about the rewards available, here.
The World Solar Challenge is more than just a test of engineering; while a well-built car is important, to do well in this event also requires a resilient team, superb organisation and no small amount of luck.
The competition runs for 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide, across some of the most remote, inhospitable and striking
CUER has been to 4 World Solar Challenges, making this our fifth competition, and every time our members have found it to be one of the most testing and yet amazing experiences of their lives.
We were slightly premature in posting our daily blog at 9pm yesterday as just afterward we received a call to summon the team to the workshop to see Mirage drive for the first time! Since the car was so close to being functional, workshop hours were extended and we finally got the car out on the tarmac (in the safety of the empty car park) at about 10pm, with the appropriate amount of whoops and cheers, of course!
Today was earmarked as our final day for personal preparation, in expectation of Mirage getting through quarantine as scheduled, tomorrow. This fortunately coincided with Chris Selwood, Event Director of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, being in Adelaide for various meetings and so we arranged to have a team lunch with him.
The Full Story
Our race team is made up from a selection of current students, and alumni from the University of Cambridge. Team members come from many different faculties across the university, with each member contributing a unique set of skills to the team. When combined together, this creates a well-rounded team and versatile team, putting us in the best position for the World Solar Challenge.
Our current timeline for the trip is as follows:
30th August: First team members arrive in Adelaide
21st September: Air freight with Mirage to arrive in Adelaide
6th - 27th September: Testing in Adelaide, more team members to arrive
26th September: Event HQ opens at Hidden Valley
27th - 1st October: Drive to Darwin and road-testing in Northern Territories
3rd October: Static Scrutineering begins
7th October: Dynamic Scrutineering
8th October: Competition Starts