British-built solar racer to compete in World Solar Challenge

British-built solar racer to compete in World Solar Challenge

Cambridge students enter 1800-mile eco-race in the Australian Outback

A new UK-designed entry into the World Solar Challenge has been testing in Australia.

The Cambridge University Eco Racing team will be pitted against 40 other teams from around the world in a harsh test of solar technology in the Austrailian Outback that covers over 1800 miles.

Their car uses space-grade solar cells and a special solar tracking board that ensures maximum sunlight penetration – meaning the CUER team’s car should get up to 20 per cent more solar energy than traditional solar vehicles. An on-board electric motor that is up to 98 per cent efficient is used for power, while a regenerative braking system helps to recharge the batteries. The car has a top speed of 86.9mph.

The four-wheeled entry also incorporates design concepts from Formula One, such as the ultra-lightweight carbon composite chassis construction. A wheel-steering system also helps to minimise drag.

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