G’day from Australia! The DUEM team have been in Darwin for over a week now and we wanted to give you an update on our progress and plans going forward. Our advance party helped the car clear customs and quarantine in just a few days and timed it perfectly with the main party’s arrival on Friday 22nd September.
Since then the team has been hard at work, fitting the last few components and tweaking various elements of the car to ensure maximum performance and efficiency gains.
We were one of the first teams at the Darwin base – Hidden Valley race circuit – and this enabled us to have first pick of the pit garages; we chose number 5 as this was the same as we had in 2015. As the week progressed more teams arrived from all around the world, with our neighbours including Principia & Michigan from America as well as Antakari from Chile and so many more. The pit atmosphere is fantastic and really collaborative, with teams sharing ideas, components and tools to help everyone out.
Initial progress at static scrutineering was promising, with minor tweaks required but with a strong performance across electrical and mechanical teams. We will of course let you know when we clear this and move on to the dynamic tests!
Early runs at the track were encouraging and we are looking forward to sharing footage from this in the coming days with you. We will also be publishing regular blogs whilst we drive the 3000km across the outback – internet permitting! – enabling you to meet the team and find out more about our solar car’s innovations. Check out our first video below and stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram channels.