On September 21st two car loads of CUER team members, trailering Evolution, left Cambridge to travel to an old F1 track in Belgium. Circuit Zolder was the setting for the iLumen European Solar Challenge (iESC), the first 24hour solar race. The race layout allowed two sessions charging the battery from the mains, allowing additional run-time overnight.
The Electronics Hardware is one of the key elements of the solar car design concept which spans from driver controls (in figuring out the most relevant data to convey to the driver), to the electric drivetrain needed to propel the car from the north to the south coast of Australia, a distance of about 3000km.
It has been 10 weeks of intense work and a steep learning curve for many of the students, but the 2016 Summer Design Team has been an undeniable success. Thank you to all the students for all their hard work and to our sponsors, supporters and alumni for their involvement so far in making our 2017 racing vehicle the best we have ever produced.