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20 October 2011
Cambridge University Eco Racing team (CUER) are currently competing in the World Solar Challenge 2011, a 3000km race through the Australian Outback, from Darwin to Adelaide. You can follow the progress of Endeavour and view the latest updates sent back by the team at the website below. You can also track CUER’s progress in real time at http://dashboard.worldsolarchallenge.org/.
Having had a difficult race in 2009 which was plagued by reliability issues, the team has worked exhaustively over the past 2 years to develop a much more robust car for this year's World Solar Challenge. This year, their aim is to be amongst the small percentage of starters to actually complete the entire 3000km race under solar power and to demonstrate the performance of some newly developed systems and components which they hope will later form part of the next Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) solar car that is currently in development.
At approximately 00:00 BST on Sunday the 16th of October, Endeavour MkII lined up in front of Darwin's Parliament House, against the largest field of competitors ever to enter the World Solar Challenge. They lined up against seasoned competitors such as Nuon and Michigan, whose million-dollar budgets and 20 years of experience outline the potential future of CUER as a team and new entrants from as far afield as India, Iran and Turkey, who are treading the same path CUER embarked upon only 2 years ago.
Live Race Progress: The team's progress can be followed at: www.cuer.co.uk/live. In addition to the latest updates from the team during the race, you will be able to view posts describing the challenges they have faced in the past month spent testing at their base at BOC in Darwin.
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