World Solar Challenge 2011
2011 saw DUEM make its first foray into the world’s premier solar race, the World Solar Challenge. The Australian Outback presented some unique challenges to the teams involved, including blistering temperatures, lightning storms, challenging terrain and even bush fires. In qualifying, the car performed strongly, finishing in the top 10. Unfortunately once on the road, the car, DUSC2011, encountered cracking on itshighly fragile solar cells due to the intense heat encountered.Despite these issues, the team continued to run at an average speed of 80 km/h, reaching Adelaide in just 7 days.
North American Solar Challenge 2008
In 2008, DUEM competed in the North American Solar Challenge (NASC); the only UK team to do so. The race took place over nine days on a route between Texas, Kansas and Calgary, covering just over 2500 miles. After suffering early setbacks due to minor mechanical faults and poor solar conditions, the team finished the second half of the race strongly, moving steadily up the leaderboard and finishing 14th out of 26 entries. At the awards ceremony, DUEM were awarded “Rookie Team of the Year” as the highest placed new entry.