Clean technology and automotive devotees are being invited to join the Cambridge University Eco Racing team’s solar revolution by attending a special, free showcase on Wednesday night.

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CUER are a team of 60 students who design, build, and race solar powered vehicles. The team will be showcasing their new design for the World Solar Challenge – 3000km across the outback of Australia – and discussing some of the challenges of solar technology in transport.

Why is the design so different from anything that’s raced before? How do space grade Gallium Arsenide solar cells work? How do you produce the most efficient car possible? How do you choose the ideal aerodynamic shape? Race tactics talk: Efficient energy management. How can these technologies be applied to the future of transport?

You can find out from 6-7pm on Wednesday (March 13) at Cambridge University Engineering Department—Lecture Room 5, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PX.

The Cambridge hopefuls aim to win the fiercely competitive WSC with their innovative new design which breaks the mould of classic solar car design – weighing in at only 120kg, the car gains maximum efficiency by using tilting gallium arsenide solar cells, a lightweight load bearing carbon fibre moncoque chassis and highly aerodynamic shape.

Lucy Fielding, a PHD engineering student talks about the previous race: “The race itself is a real adventure and there are moments all along the way that impress upon everybody that we are truly pioneers.

“Whether it's the crowds that gather along the highways in Darwin to wave us off; or the desolation and emptiness of the outback; or the euphoria of arriving in Port Augusta after hard-fought days in the desert, the realisation that we crossed a continent - there's a feeling of pride and responsibility.”

At Wednesday’s talk the CUER team hopes to give an exclusive insight into the design process – and give the public an understanding of how they came to a design which looks and behaves so very differently to any previous solar car blueprint.

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