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Durham University

Department of Engineering

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Durham University Electric Motorsport prepares for 3000km race throughout Australian outback

(18 July 2019)

The DUEM team consisting of 16 members is preparing its third iteration of their solar powered racing car which will participate in the Bridgestone World Solar challenge in October 2019. The race will begin in Darwin (North Australia) and end in Adelaide (Southern Australia).

The team aims to break into the top ten for teams finishing the race which should be challenging due to the full time devotion and considerably higher budget present in other teams in the group. Furthermore, if DUEM are able to finish the 3000km race they will be the first British team to do so since South Bank University finished in 2001. The main differences from the earlier models of the DUEM car include its carbon fibre pre-impregnated with resin body which will help take the weight from about 250 kilos to 170 as well as increasing structural integrity and also changes in the form of the car leading to a 25% reduction in drag.

The DUEM car will be drivable within the very near future (roughly the 20th July) and after some final testing and the completion of the bodywork it will be shipped in about 4 weeks’ time. The Shipment will take about 60 days to reach its destination for the race in mid-October.

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