In our first Aerodynamics post of the year (and more importantly of the competition year) it is time to shed some light on the ‘special testing’ Aleksi alluded to in his last post. One of our major supporters, Airbus, granted us some testing time at their wind tunnel facility in Filton, Bristol. Testing EVA in her full scale glory was an incredibly exciting start to term and presented an opportunity for the aero team to gain some invaluable experience.
On Wednesday the team had the pleasure of hosting a group of solar car enthusiasts from Hertfordshire. The group has been looking at starting their own team in the UK with the help of their lecturers. The team got in touch with us and we gladly agreed to host them on a visit for a few hours as we want to promote student engineering and solar car development in the UK.
I think the time has come for me to kick off the new year with a blog post about my recent visit to our fellow solar car projects in the United States. The whole team has had a solid rest over the holidays and we are now back and ready to get to work. The term has literally just started, most of us are getting on top of our course work and the solar car has already gone away for some special testing - more on that in future blog posts. For now the stage is mine, ha!
I set to drive to Birmingham once again to publicly showcase our newest solar car EVA for the first time! We were invited to the Composites Engineeing Show by Mouldlife and Group Gazechim to demonstrate the cool things you can build from composites. Arriving just before 5pm there wasn't a huge hassle with vehicles trying to get in the area and thus the whole offloading and setting the car up went very smoothly!
On Saturday 25th October 2014, we held our One Year To Go (OYTG) event which marked a year until our participation in the 2015 World Solar Challenge. Held at the Marshall Headquarters in Cambridge, the OYTG event was also a chance for CUER's sponsors, supporters, alumni and current members to gather for the unveiling of our 2014 car, EVA.
Last week saw the official beginning of the Summer Design Team. The week was spent learning all about the world of solar racing and CUER, so that the team would be up to speed and ready to start their own projects with confidence. The first few days were spent talking to established team members and watching documentaries that covered the key principles of solar racing.