The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017
The CUER vehicle Mirage has been involved in an incident during testing at a facility in Alice Springs over the weekend. The driver was taken to hospital where she was treated for minor abrasions and fractures, and has since been discharged.
Mirage has sustained major damage and regrettably will be unable to compete in the Challenger Class for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC). Our team will remain in Australia for the BWSC, and will work closely with the event officials to share valuable insights for the duration of the challenge.
We have been in contact with our sponsors, who are fully aware of the situation and have shown their full support for the team. We are analysing the data from Mirage and will provide further updates after these assessments have taken place.
The World Solar Challenge is more than just a test of engineering; while a well-built car is important, to do well in this event also requires a resilient team, superb organisation and no small amount of luck.
The competition runs for 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide, across some of the most remote, inhospitable and striking
CUER has been to 4 World Solar Challenges, making this our fifth competition, and every time our members have found it to be one of the most testing and yet amazing experiences of their lives.
This morning, the Media Team with other interested team members, headed south at sunrise to go and find the closest solar car teams and capture some shots of morning charging and the solar cars on the road. This plan was modified rather by the torrential rain and large amounts of standing water on the roads.
Another day out on the road following the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge kicked off with some of the team having an interview with ABC news at Daly Waters. This was off the back of a conversation with the presenter yesterday who was interested in how we are making the most of our time here in Australia, by helping out, and learning from other teams, and still being part of the BWSC life despite not competing.
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Our race team is made up from a selection of current students, and alumni from the University of Cambridge. Team members come from many different faculties across the university, with each member contributing a unique set of skills to the team. When combined together, this creates a well-rounded team and versatile team, putting us in the best position for the World Solar Challenge.
With 20 people in our team this year, we require all of our team members to be versatile and able to contribute to the team in several ways during the competition. In order to facilitate this, we will have a convoy of six vehicles, including Mirage, with many individuals rotating between vehicles. Each person has a primary role, which enables us to allocate responsibilities and ensure that no part of the challenge process is left unattended.
Our current timeline for the trip is as follows:
30th August: First team members arrive in Adelaide
21st September: Air freight with Mirage to arrive in Adelaide
6th - 27th September: Testing in Adelaide, more team members to arrive
26th September: Event HQ opens at Hidden Valley
27th - 1st October: Drive to Darwin and road-testing in Northern Territories
3rd October: Static Scrutineering begins
7th October: Dynamic Scrutineering
8th October: Competition Starts