CUER seeks to create and maintain long-lasting relationships with our partners, allowing us to share expertise and aid each other in driving our exciting technologies forward! This season, we had proudly partnered with over a dozen of the UKs industry leading companies and organizations in order to deliver our most advanced vehicle yet – the UK’s most efficient electric car.
Established in 2001, Formaplex is now a leading manufacturer for tooling and lightweight component solutions.
Formaplex's customer base is large with clients in automotive, autosport, aerospace and defence markets. Parts manufactured at Formaplex can be found on vehicles manufactured by many of the OEMs, such as Mclaren, as well as many F1 cars. They boast some of the best facilities in the UK with 44 CNC milling machines for composites tooling, 3 autoclaves and an ongoing multi million pound investment programme.
Formaplex are supporting CUER with all of our composites manufacturing for Helia. We have been working with them throughout the design process to ensure our parts are designed for manufacture. They are supporting us with the machining for all our our moulds as well as providing the expertise required to ensure that our parts are manufactured to a professional standard.
The University of Cambridge Department of Engineering is the largest department at the University and one of the leading centres of engineering in the world.
CUER are based at the Department of Engineering where we have access to the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design, where we designed Helia, and the Oatley Garage, where we have been assembling and testing Helia. The vast majority of CUER members are students at the Department and we have been fortunate to have the support of a number of academics throughout our development and design process.
Over the course of the year the Department’s Design and Technical Service Division has supported us with the manufacture of a number of machined metal components through their workshop.
The Reece Foundation is a charitable organisation established in 2007, whose main objective is to increase the long term and sustainable prosperity of the North East of England primarily through the promotion of engineering and manufacturing.
Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental consultancy.
Ricardo employs 2,900 engineers, scientists and consultants across a global network of technical centres and client offices. Ricardo’s business covers a range of market sectors including passenger car, commercial vehicle, rail, defence, motorsport, motorcycle, off-highway, marine, clean energy and power generation and government.
CUER have been working with the Cambridge Technical Centre, which has a team of around 80 employees focusing on hybrids and battery technologies. Their support guided us with the initial stages of our battery pack design, helping us to ensure that we have a robust and well designed battery pack.
Bridgestone is the world's largest tyre and rubber company, manufacturing tyres for a variety of vehicles including cars, bicycles, trucks, heavy off-road machinery, and aircraft, alongside a portfolio of other products that includes rubber vehicle tracks and golf equipment.
Throughout its 88-year history, the corporation has built up a business presence in over 150 countries and employs in excess of 140,000 people, becoming a global leader within the product markets in which it sells.
In particular, Bridgestone's sponsorship is crucial to the World Solar Challenge that today bears the company's name, and CUER is equipping Helia with purpose-built Bridgestone "Ecopia with ologic" tyres, which are specifically designed to be energy-efficient and have extremely low rolling resistance --- making them ideal for solar car racing.
8d Closures is a UK-based engineering firm specialising in closure systems, providing a full gamut of services from design & development to prototyping and low-scale manufacture.
CUER has been lucky to work closely with 8d Closures in the design of the doors on Helia, benefitting from their engineering team's expertise in the design and production of vehicle closures and latches which meet the most stringent of international vehicle standards. The end result is a set of doors that make entering and exiting Helia a comfortable process for the driver and passengers, without sacrificing occupant safety.
Gordon Murray Design is a world-famous automotive design firm.
Under the auspices of Ian Gordon Murray, a car designer known globally for his designs of Formula One cars and the creation of the McLaren F1 design, this British consultancy has developed a number of pioneering vehicles. These include the small and practical T.25 (and its electric cousin, the T.27), designed to be an economical city car smaller than the Smart ForTwo, and most recently the T.50 supercar, which the company hails as "the purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever".
Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick and a leading centre for research in Automotive.
WMG has fantastic industry links and world class battery pack manufacturing facilities. We are working with Professor Greenwood at the International Automotive Research Centre who are supporting us with our battery pack.
WMG have supplied CUER with a full battery pack for testing purposes and access to their state-of-the-art battery pack manufacturing facilities.
Danecca specialise in electric vehicle (EV) battery design, and were founded by those responsible for one of the most competent EV batteries developed to date.
Based at Silverstone in the heart of the UK's Motorsport Valley, Danecca has been working with CUER in battery pack construction and testing.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, part of the wider Marshall Group, is a Cambridge-based service provider to a range of customers in military and commercial markets in the air, land and sea domains.
Operating at Cambridge Airport, Marshall have been invaluable to CUER with their assistance in logistics and inventory management.
Delta is a leading company in providing engineering solutions in electric powertrains.
Delta Motorsport was formed in 2005 and is based at Silverstone Circuit in the heart of the UK High Performance Technology Sector.
They have been invaluable to CUER over the last few years offering technical consultancy on all aspects of our design from composite design to the drivetrain.
Trelleborg Applied Technologies manufactures and develop engineering polymer and syntactic material for a wide range of industries.
They provide innovative and reliable material solutions that maximize performance, the product range includes. They have provided high temperature tooling board material from which our moulds for composite components are manufactured.
SHD are manufacturers of a wide range of tooling and component prepregs suitable for autoclave, press and oven curing.
Jigsaw People, part of the Jigsaw Group, is a global recruitment consultancy service dealing with permanent and interim placements.
Jigsaw will carry out pre-screening of job candidates and produce a shortlist of candidates for an employer's consideration. Alongside a list of several specialist sectors, they are certified under the internationally-recognised ISO 9001 quality management standard, guaranteeing consistent high-quality recruitment services across all sectors.
Isuzu is a Japanese manufacturer specialising in the production of commercial vehicles and diesel engines.
With sales in the trillions of yen, and a workforce of tens of thousands, Isuzu's vision is to be a leader in transportation, commercial vehicles and diesel engines, supporting its customers and respecting the environment.
SKPack Company Limited is a multi-packaging manufactory, established in 1967 in Hong Kong.
They provide packaging design solutions to customers internationally, alongside a service portfolio including packaging production in the company's own factories and worldwide onward delivery.
CCL Computers is a trusted UK computer company, over their 15-year history having specialised in service to the corporate and education sectors.
They boast a product portfolio including custom-built computer systems that can be made to the customer's exact requirements, and proudly state that they are "run by enthusiasts, not shareholders" – indeed they have been awarded the PC Pro Online Retailer of the Year award for three years in a row.
Founded 50 years ago in Silicon Valley, AMD has become a globally-known success story and a pioneer in semiconductor products.
AMD devices are inside countless computers worldwide, ranging from low-power mobile PCs to high-end workstations with dedicated graphics processing hardware, and in server hardware too, at which the AMD EPYC range is targeted.
Solar Team Great Britain (STGB) was a British team competing in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
The STGB story resonates with that of CUER's – like CUER is doing so in 2019, STGB debuted in the Cruiser Class in 2017. The difference between the two teams is that STGB's members were professional engineers with decades of combined career experience.
CUER has been lucky to tap into that expert knowledge, receiving expert advice on the design of Helia from STGB during the crucial design phase of the project, to ensure that the design was the best it could be.
Zexu is a team of dedicated energy professionals focused on carbon and cost reduction through large infrastructure and electric vehicle transport projects.
The company provides specialist services in a number of areas, including carbon reduction in healthcare and the UK's National Health Service, energy strategy consultancy, and the architecting of electric vehicle transportation solutions.
Timeless Green is a Malaysian group dedicated to furthering the renewable energy movement across Southeast Asia and beyond.
With an essential vision of social responsibility and positive impact, Timeless Green has delivered renewable energy projects utilising multiple sources including solar power, hydroelectricity, biomass and biogas. As of 2018, the group's projects were collectively responsible for the production of close to 36 megawatts of renewable power across Malaysia.
Winshaw is a growth consultancy for tech startups and scaleups.
Based in Windsor, England, they are a team of experts covering a range of fields in which they have been successful themselves, and are dedicated to helping young technology companies reach their "first million pounds" in the best way possible.
ANSYS are experts in engineering simulation software, with a portfolio of specialist tools for any engineering field imaginable.
Without ANSYS Fluent software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), the design of Helia would not be possible. CUER has made use of Fluent to carry out comprehensive aerodynamic design and analysis encompassing a range of wind scenarios. As a result, we can be sure of Helia's aerodynamic profile: it is designed for as low drag as possible, to give the car an improved top speed and significant gains in energy efficiency, which in turn also increase its maximum driving range.
BlueBridge Education is a short course provider for international students and executives, focusing on teaching of the English language and critical thinking through small and focused classes, workshops and lectures.
Working in partnership with Homerton College's International Programme, BlueBridge Education hosts its courses in Cambridge throughout the year. As part of its commitment to inspiration of future generations of engineers, CUER's team members have run multiple invigorating teaching sessions focused on the key scientific and technological concepts that make a solar car work.
Dassault Systèmes is a France-based global provider of 3D computer-aided engineering software, with solutions encompassing the product design phase through to manufacture and lifecycle management. Their product portfolio includes the CATIA and SOLIDWORKS packages for computer-aided design and manufacture.
SOLIDWORKS has been essential to CUER for the design of Helia: use of the software on the Cambridge University Engineering Department's powerful workstations enabled a swift design of the car, including the intricate process of design-for-manufacture and assembly planning, and finally resulting in true-to-life 3D renderings of the design that helped us to realise Helia out of the screen and printed drawings.
Ogilvy is a global agency for advertising, marketing and public relations.
They are experts in designing, communicating and supporting brands and brand experiences. Backing this up is an impressive portfolio of clients including Unilever, Burger King, Vodafone, Samsung, Uber, the United Nations, British Airways and the Lego Group.