Day 1 in Australia!

This is it. Today we began the biggest challenge for any solar powered car. To drive 3000km across the outback entirely on the power of the sun against over 40 teams from around the world. An early start for the team – 4am – was not most welcome but the car & team arrived in good time for the start line and parade of all the solar cars. Seeing our solar car in Parliament House was awesome but to see it alongside some of the most renowned teams in the competition was particularly enthralling. 

We qualified 31st and considered this a very strong position for the car and team. The start line beckoned and we were welcomed with great fanfare from the crowd – they love a British team! Setting off through the streets of Darwin was particularly surreal, with crowds lined up to watch all the extraordinary designs drive to Adelaide. We then proceeded to the Stuart Highway.

Our solar car performed incredibly well, driving the entire 322km on solar power without having to trailer the vehicle. Although our pace was affected by weather conditions (it even rained at one point), and some minor technical niggles, our driver changeovers were slick and we remained on the road for most of the day.

We reached the Katherine control stop in good time that afternoon and met the Flinders University team. They very kindly offered us use of the accommodation they had that night which happened to be a church in Katherine.

It was a fantastic day for the team, with spirits incredibly high; indeed, a lot of people became very emotional seeing this car on the highway after working on the design, manufacture and business sides of the project for many years. The team and car performed extraordinarily well today and we are delighted with the progress. Keep an eye on our social media as we update you on our progress as & when we get mobile signal. You can also track our car at https://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/dashboard/map.

Day 1 was a great start for the team and we look forward to building this momentum over the next few days.

DUEM Returns to Goodwood

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DUEM Returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

DUEM are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 from 29th June – 2nd July. This is the world’s largest motoring event of its kind, bringing together world-leading manufacturers, celebrities and, of course, the famous hill climb to deliver a motoring extravaganza like no other.

DUEM are delighted to be returning to this event, following from a successful exhibition in 2016 with their previous solar car, DUSC2015. Whilst the team is hard at work on our latest solar car, DUSC, the team will be exhibiting a scale model of the car and promoting various breakthrough technologies developed by the team. Attendees have a fantastic opportunity to hear more about our 15-year heritage and our exciting future plans. It provides us, and our sponsors, an incredible marketing reach and we cannot wait to see what happens next. Stay tuned for more details & keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages for more information.

Discovery Museum Exhibition

DUEM Exhibits at the Discovery Museum

DUEM Exhibits DUSC2011 at the Discovery Museum

Whilst the team was hard at work in Durham on upgrades to our latest solar car, DUSC, DUEM have been exhibiting their previous generation solar car, DUSC2011, to visitors at the Discovery Museum in the heart of Newcastle. The museum is a hotspot for school tours and visits, giving students from a very young age an opportunity to see our innovation up close and to ask key team members about the car, the race and all things engineering.

DUSC2011 raced across Australia in, as the name suggests, the 2011 World Solar Challenge. After qualifying 3rd, the team completed a substantial proportion of the full 3000km distance, thanks to innovations including solar collectors – parabolic mirrors focusing the sun’s energy onto thin strips of high-efficiency solar cells, enabling higher energy collection in direct sunlight. 

This is a fantastic location and opportunity for the team to showcase our technology as well as inspire students to think differently about our planet and pursue STEM-focused careers. This is just the beginning for us. Stay tuned for an exciting summer of events and updates. 

DUEM Test at Croft

DUEM Test at Croft Circuit

We are thrilled to be able to share with you some awesome footage from our recent test at Croft Circuit. The team have worked incredibly hard to deliver a testing program that puts us in the best possible position for when we race 3000km in the 2017 World Solar Challenge across Australia.

We’d like to thank Croft Circuit as well as all of our partners and sponsors for their continued support of the project. We look forward to sharing yet more awesome footage and coverage of our progress towards Australia as we celebrate our 15th anniversary of being at the forefront of solar car technology. 

DUEM Invited to the United Nations Climate Conference COP22

DUEM are attending the UN's Climate Conference; COP22

Durham University Electric Motorsport are proud to announce that they have been invited to exhibit at the United Nations Climate Conference, COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 14-15th November. As the UK’s longest running solar car team, DUEM’s heritage of world-leading solar car design, manufacture and racing has been recognised in an unparalleled way and we are delighted to be attending this conference.

This truly is the international stage and will see the signing of landmark agreements following on last year’s Paris Conference; COP21. We are proud to be showcasing our team in front of world leaders, press and thousands of delegates. Not only that, but the event itself is followed by billions – our reach continues to climb ever higher. We are thrilled to showcase the support of our sponsors at the event & bring a new element to our partnerships. We also look forward to signing new agreements at the show & will keep you informed.

We will be representing British engineering and innovation in sustainability on the global stage. Our mission has always been to showcase the very latest technology, to educate the public about climate change and to inspire the next generation; we are taking this to the next level through our exhibition at COP22.

This is going to change everything, all over again.

Science Museum 2016

DUEM's Solar Car at the Science MuseumOur Solar Car at the Science Museum

We know our solar car has the power to inspire millions around the world. Having taken the car to numerous school around the UK in recent years, we wanted a central location to attract the public and, particularly, schoolkids from around the world to showcase our technology. We had a fantastic event, exhibiting at the Museum’s Antenna Live event from 26-28th July. Many thousands came to see us and it was the perfect event to inspire young and old about our project and let them know about our exciting future ambitions. Oh & with it being such a tourist hotspot, it tested our language skills very well indeed!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

DUEM have been fortunate enough to attend many high-profile events over the years. The goal is always, for us, to showcase the car to as many people as possible; to inspire them to think differently about what the automotive world could look like in the not too distant future.

We were honoured that in 2016, we were able to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is the world’s biggest motor show. Our stand pulled in the crowds and showed our take on the future; who knows, it could be a solar hill climb race soon! With over 68m (yes million!) people hearing about us, it provided us with a huge stage to showcase our technology and talk about our exciting future plans. You can see some of the pictures from the 5 days here.

London Motor Show

London Motor Show

London Calling!

Geneva. Tokyo. Detroit. If you’ve heard of these fantastic motor shows, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard that the party is coming to England for the 2016 London Motor Show, and we’re very excited to announce that DUEM will be attending! Set amongst the greenery of the iconic Battersea Park, the event is slated to be motoring’s next big thing – a show to rival the best in the world. We will be sharing the floor with hundreds of world class vehicles, including the Tesla Model S and Bloodhound SSC!

If you’re in or around London during May 5th-8th, come and pay us a visit to see DUSC2015 in person. It’s sure to be a great family event – to book tickets or find out more, visit the official website here. We hope to see you there!

Bruntingthorpe Launch Event

Bruntinhthorpe Launch Event

Bruntingthorpe Launch Event

DUEM launched our brand new solar car to  guests & media at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on Sunday 9th August 2015. It was a truly spectacular event with the car being launched in Hangar 42; a 36,000 sq.ft hangar, followed by testing on the race track. Bruntingthorpe has the longest privately run runway in the whole of the UK & we used it to great advantage. This was especially the case as our great sponsor, Jaguar Land Rover, provided 2 beautiful F-Types to accompany the car & provided attendees with an opportunity to speed around the circuit. Take a look at our Gallery page for more photos & keep your eyes posted for updates about our solar car’s progress to Australia!