With the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) drawing closer, Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) has embarked on the first stage leading up to one of the greatest automotive challenges in the world. Their entry Mirage – which will shortly arrive in Australia – will have to endure a gruelling 3,000 km marathon from Darwin to Adelaide on 8th – 15th October 2017, facing some of the harshest conditions imaginable.
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.
Systems Integration: One of the things I love about the CUER cars is that they bring a lot of engineering disciplines together: mechanical, electrical, structural, aeronautical. And with so many people working on designing their own part of the car in the Summer Design Team, it’s important to make sure that the final pieces of each project fit together. It’s no good having a brilliant aerodynamic shape if it turns out it’s too narrow for the wheels to turn, or for us to build the chassis only to realise the battery pack doesn’t fit.
This summer, as part of the Summer Design Team, Aleksandr Bogomil, will be undertaking a project on our Telemetry and Strategy systems thanks to the support of Airgain. A leading provider of high-performance embedded antenna technology, integration support, and test services for the wireless communications market, Airgain brings over 10 years of experience in performance optimisation of wireless systems to the project.