The UK’s most established Solar Car team


Our story begins in 2002 when a group of students at Durham University decided it was time to develop a solar powered car. Ironically they chose to do so in arguably one of the coldest and wettest places on earth in the North of England. Undeterred, they pursued their dream and handed the baton down through successive generations to ensure their goals would never dissipate

Since then we have developed 5 generations of solar car, racing in 2008 in North America and in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

You can find out more about our cars and the events we attend here.

As a team, we have always recognised our solar car is so much more than an engineering marvel.

Our world is facing an age of unbelievable change and momentum particularly in our climate. With global temperatures continuing to push ever higher, we all must accept responsibility for pushing towards a more sustainable future.


Take a look below at our timeline to find out more about where we have come from and where we are headed. You’ll also be able to see the strategy that underpins everything we do and our executive team for the forthcoming year.

You can find out more about our past, present and future project here, as well as find out more information about our sponsors without whom we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

If you are interested in hearing more about partnership opportunities, get in touch with us here.

We have attended globally recognised events and promoted the car through our outreach program. You can also keep up to date with us across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up to our newsletter here.

Finally, we encourage you to visit our gallery and video highlights pages to see in person our innovation.

The last 16 years have been an incredible journey for us. But we are just getting started.


Our History

Our Strategy


Provide a powerful educational platform to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and others who dare to think different.


Raise public awareness of how innovative British engineering in solar power, renewable technologies and electric drive can leave the world better than we found it.


Leading the world in innovation and engineering excellence, creating the most efficient, fastest and most advanced solar electric vehicles ever seen.

The Exec

James Marriott
I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student at Collingwood College. I have the privilege of leading this incredibly intelligent, driven group of people, and with an advanced new car on the horizon, it’s my job to get the best out of the team, giving them the results their hard work deserves.

Team PrincipalJames Marriott

Roy Caleb Bullock
I am an MEng Mechanical student in St. Cuthbert’s College at Durham University. I’ve been on the DUEM Engineering Team for over 2 years, and now lead it as Chief Engineer. We bring together engineering disciplines from aerodynamic to electronic to design, build, and improve boundary-pushing solar cars. We’ve got our work cut out with producing the 2019 car, but I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what we can do!

Chief EngineerRoy Caleb Bullock

Tobias McBride
I am an MSc Management student at Durham following from my BA in Economics here. I have led the Business Team over the last 4 years, leading the awesome group focused on building new sponsorship relationships, producing engaging social media content, organising outreach to inspire the next generation and connecting with alumni. This is just the beginning for DUEM!

Head of the Business TeamTobias McBride

Isaac Rudden
I am an MEng General Engineering student at Durham University. Last year with DUEM I worked on the electronic control systems, lights, and on the car’s battery system. After WSC 2017 I was elected Head of Electrical and I have since been doing work on the car’s telemetry system, and I hope to introduce a redesign of the DUSC motor for the 2019 race.

Head of ElectricalIsaac Rudden

Kate Marles
I am in my fourth year of a Physics Masters here at Durham University. I have been the Treasurer of DUEM for two years. It has been great to see the team grow and evolve with a new car and new challenges. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!

TreasurerKate Marles

Liam Bushrod
I'm a second-year engineering student at Durham University – I joined the DUEM team in September 2016 and have committed countless hours to the society. I was a mechanic and a driver at the World Solar Challenge 2017; now I'm Head of Mechanical Engineering and actively developing the 2019 solar car.

Head of MechanicalLiam Bushrod

Ellie Desmond
The perpetual student; I'm currently finishing off an MSc in Biology, but my enthusiasm for DUEM has convinced me that I'm in need of a career change, and I'm starting a PhD in Engineering! I've been involved with planning and logistics since first joining the team in 2014, and loved co-ordinating our entry into the 2017 World Solar Challenge. I just can't wait to see what we'll achieve in 2019!

Head of LogisticsEllie Desmond

Rob Bird
I'm a PhD engineering student at Durham University, and a relatively new member to the team. I was initiated into the team by running crash test simulations for the rigorous World Solar Challenge 2017 safety standards and since have been eager to become more involved. Over the coming years I will bring my experience and knowledge working with finite element (FE) packages to aid in the design of a bespoke race chassis.

Postgraduate AdvisorRob Bird

Prof. David Sims-Williams

Faculty AdvisorProf. David Sims-Williams