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Cambridge students spark international electric vehicle collaboration

Cambridge students spark international electric vehicle collaboration

Leading solar car development in the UK, Cambridge University Eco Racing is attracting not only attention but also support from around the globe for their campaign to climb the global solar racing rankings.

Mazak Europe is proud to be a supporter of Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER). Encouraging innovation in sustainable vehicle technologies is to be applauded and CUER shares Mazak's aim to provide the inspiration for more young people to seek their future in engineering

Marcus Burton, European Managing Director for Mazak

Set to compete at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2017, the team has been developing their unique vehicle concept since 2012 and last year became the most successful UK entrant in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the foremost solar racing competition in the world, since 2007.

Since June this year, the team have been designing their latest car, which will be revealed in just a few months time. This is their strongest bid for a top spot at the World Solar Challenge and as a result they have increased their support-raising targets and efforts to a new level.

Latest to get on board at the top level are international companies Qoros and Mazak, leaders in the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Qoros, an automotive OEM in China, develops vehicles that are differentiated in their design, safety, and connected services and that exhibit international standards of quality. In the growing Chinese automobile market, Qoros has an exceptional position, with a brand identity and product positioning that is clearly distinguishable from domestic car manufacturers and international joint ventures.

“Qoros is glad to support the Cambridge University Eco Racing team through their journey to the World Solar Challenge.” said Dr. Leon Liu, Chief Operation Officer of Qoros Auto, “As a new and innovative force in the auto industry, Qoros is dedicated to becoming a transformational company that embraces the future mobile life. With this vision, we’ve been working vigorously to speed-up the development of alternative energy technologies as well as support endeavors made by partners and institutions to raise awareness and spark discussions.”

Yamazaki Mazak was established in 1919 and has been contributing to the development of the machine tool industry as a leading global company. Yamazaki Mazak manufactures not only advanced machine tools such as multi-tasking centers, CNC turning centers, machining centers and laser processing machines but also automation systems with the concept of DONE IN ONE to support global manufacturing by providing exceptional productivity and versatility.

Marcus Burton, European Managing Director for Mazak, commented "Mazak Europe is proud to be a supporter of Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER). Encouraging innovation in sustainable vehicle technologies is to be applauded and CUER shares Mazak's aim to provide the inspiration for more young people to seek their future in engineering"

With substantial financial uncertainty around the globe this year, the team are very pleased to see that the support for endeavours like theirs has not dried up, although it is certainly not growing on trees. Bringing in leaders on the international stage is certainly helping the team to up their game and set their sights high for the coming competition and the international investment in UK talent and technology development is definitely an outstanding endorsement of their enterprise.

As the team finalises their design and begins to turn to manufacturing, they are looking for further partners to join them on their journey. If you are interested in getting involved in the adventure, please get in contact via http://www.cuer.co.uk/

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