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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 terrain in the whole of Australia.  Before teams start their journey, their vehicle must undergo strict dynamic and static testing, known as ‘scrutineering’. What follows is a gruelling 4-6 day drive, over which the convoys must contend with soaring temperatures, severe weather and outback camping. Ultimately all teams will be welcomed to the Finish Line in the streets of Adelaide.

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.






Daily Blog

13/14th October - Finish Line

We arrived in Adelaide on Friday afternoon, after leaving one of our Electrical Engineers, Zi, with AUSRT in case any of their issues resurfaced. We got ahead of a few teams before they started driving at 8am and so were able to watch them cross the finish line and give them a very warm welcome. 

12th October - Challenge Day 5

After a stormy night, which left us all a little down-spirited, the team were happy to be back on the road with the sun shining early this morning. 

11th October - Challenge Day 4

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. 

10th October - Challenge Day 3

On the road at a leisurely 7:45am this morning, we headed down to Alice Springs, the Control Stop which marks the halfway point on the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge route. 

9th October - Challenge Day 2

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. 

8th October - Challenge Day 1

All the teams were up at the crack of dawn to get to the start line today at Parliament Square in Darwin. The cars were all displayed for the public until the official starting time and there were huge crowds of solar team members, supporters and local enthusiasts alike. 


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RACE TEAM

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.








TEAM ACTIVITIES

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


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