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The Solar Racing Community

Member of the 2015 WSC Race Team, Lucy Osborne, reflects on the power and greatness of the Solar Racing Community. 

Directorship #3: A Need to Be Selfish

When it comes to looking after people on the team, what you need to put first is yourself. I learnt this the hard way by trying to help everyone else, no matter the expense to myself, and it almost lead to me leaving the team. Luckily this was a while ago, and I knew when I took over the team that if I was not able to look after myself I would not be able to help others. This does not mean you should leave other people hanging or not help anyone, but when it comes down to it you should not compromise your own health and basic needs. This sounds obvious but it can be very easy to justify just one more late night to help reduce someone’s workload and keep doing this every day. 

Directorship #2: The dynamic, fixed schedule

In the long-term, it is important to present a fixed plan. With so many people working on different personal schedules in the team and being able to commit different amounts of time through the year, it is best to present a few very clear external deadlines well in advance and then break this down into more manageable internal deadlines.  

Directorship #1: Thrown In at The Deep End

There is no doubt that managing a team of 60 people, raising and managing a million pound budget and producing a solar car to cross the Australian Outback is a huge feat for any individual, but for an undergraduate? Some would say it’s impossible, I would disagree. 

Signing Off : Michaelmas

With the first term of our 2017 Cycle drawing to a close and the feeling of "Bridgemas" lingering in the air, I can safely say that it has been the most exciting term since I joined CUER back in 2013. 

All Wrapped Up

As our Evolution, and the rest of our kit, makes the long journey back from Australia, we are very happy to say that she is well protected. Thanks to CED Packaging, we were able to have a flight case specially designed and built to fit Evolution. The peace of mind that comes with this is invaluable as, after two years of work, it is difficult to send your car into the unknown in the lead up to the race.  

Inspiring Generations

Simon and I met in Australia on 8th September to represent the team at a few events and meetings before the team congregated in Adelaide. We met in Melbourne and spoke at the Cambridge Alumni Society of Melbourne and and Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School.
 

Goodbye Air Freight
A week ago, #OurEvolution left us in Cambridge to begin its journey to Australia. After a stop off in Dubai it’s now en route to Sydney! 
Goodbye Sea Freight
Deputy Director Adam Gristock describes the first stage of getting the team to Australia. 
Evolution

#OurEvolution


A drab, wet, morning at Cambridge University's athletics track could hardly be further removed from the blue skies and sweltering heat of the Australian outback that we’ll be expecting at the World Solar Challenge. 
Visit to Nuon Solar Team

On 16th July, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Nuon Solar Team at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, their car was still top secret but I still learnt a lot from the trip. 

Cambridge exam term in CUER
It is coming to the end of May here in Cambridge. Most people are stressing out about exams, essays, projects, dissertations and master theses. But we here at CUER also have a fun extra bit of work to do in building a solar-powered car! Right now the progress is a bit slower due to some exams and project deadlines, but we are slowly ticking away with the progress. Here is a collection of a few thoughts from our brave team members surviving the last term of the year. 
Filton Wind Tunnel Testing

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. 

e-Luminate

At the beginning of February, EVA was once again wheeled out to go and meet the public. This was her first local, public event and it could not have gone better.  

Visit by University of Hertfordshire

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.  

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