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Team Leader Visiting MIT and Stanford

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!

Composites Engineering Show

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! 

One Year To Go: EVA Car Launch

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. 

Manufacture at National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre in Bristol once again kindly agreed to accommodate a few students from the team as they worked to complete the carbon fibre layup of the whole car.  

Summer Design Team - Week 8

Week 8 saw the majority of the Summer Design Team's UROPs coming to an end, but there was still time for plenty of work. Monday saw a number of the team head to The Technology Partnership (TTP) to discuss possible door mechanisms for the front fairings. 

CUER in Monaco

In July, Aleksi Tukiainen, Lucy Osborne, Alan Jamieson, Aurelia Hibbert and Adam Gristock traveled to Monaco to exhibit Resolution at the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup.  

Summer Design Team - Week 4

Week 4 started with much of the team heading off to the National Composite Centre in Bristol to start laying up the carbon fibre for the 2014 car. Because of the mass evacuation to Bristol, the office was quite empty for much of the week, making our mandatory 3:30pm game of ninja much less exciting! 

Summer Design Team - Week 3

Week 3 got off to a nice steady start for me; after returning from Monaco the day before, Monday consisted of getting up to date with what the team had been up to and catching up with my procurement work (oh, and it was our PM Aurelia’s birthday – much cake was consumed). 

Summer Design Team - Week 2

It’s week 2 which means we made it through the first week bringing the team up to speed with the car and its design, so we were all ready to start in earnest. 

Summer Design Team - Week 1

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.

Gadget Show Live

It’s been a busy few days for CUER but we’re now settled in at the NEC in Birmingham and having a great time. We first arrived on Monday night and moved Resolution into our exhibition space before checking into our accommodation to get some rest before the show opened the next day. Tuesday was press day, we met lots of interesting people and presented our car to the visitors in the Innovation Theatre. Wednesday was then the first day the show was open to the public and it has been very busy but wonderful to see so many interested people of all ages keen to hear about our project! 

Concept Evaluation Sessions

Over the past month the team has been running a series of concept evaluation sessions.  The sessions allow members of all the different sub teams to come together to assess different concepts for future cars. We are currently developing a prototype car which will be completed over the next few months. This will enable us to test whether our concepts and changes work practically and also help practice construction of the car. Ideas will then be taken forward to build the new race car during the summer. 

A Fresher's Perspective

I first heard about CUER long before I came to Cambridge. Perhaps due to the catchiness of the phrase ‘solar powered car’, I came across it several times when deciding to apply to Cambridge – it was mentioned in talks, and also described in the Engineering prospectus book. 

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