A CLOSER LOOK - HOW DOES A SOLAR CAR WORK?

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DUSC in Darwin (October 2017)

Following four years of design, development and refinement, our fourth generation solar car, DUSC, is a technical tour de force. With an incredibly strong and lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the whole car only weighs 250kg.

With a frontal area of less than 1 square metre, our solar car has the very best aerodynamic package and chassis design in the world. We are the only solar car team to custom-manufacture almost every component, enabling us to be at the forefront of innovation and drive efficiency gains throughout every element of the car. It's pretty special.

Nowhere is our uniqueness better demonstrated than the fact that DUEM is one of the few teams in the world to design, engineer and construct our own motor. At 98% efficiency, our innovative in-wheel design powers the car up to 70mph on just 1kW; that's about what you use to power your microwave!

But we're not done just yet... The team are hard at work putting together a design for our brand new solar car, which we hope to unveil to the world in Autumn of 2018. We might still be in the design phase at the moment, but it's shaping up to be our most efficient, most aerodynamic and all-in-all greatest solar car ever. It's set to take the World Solar Challenge in 2019 by storm. We're pretty excited to show you what we've come up with!

The view from above - 4 square metres of solar panels...

To follow DUEM's journey make sure to follow the Solar Cars Tribe. For even more regular updates follow us across our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Our website is also packed full of information about the crazy things we've been up to. We're going on a hell of a journey - make sure you come along for the ride.

Whether you love it or hate it, we want to hear what you think - let us know in the comments below:

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  • Hi congratulations - your post has been selected by DriveTribe ev Ambassador for promotion on the DriveTribe homepage.

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  • What a privilege it is to be part of this inspiring project, and I am so excited to see DUEM continue to push the boundaries in solar propulsion technology.

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  • I am incredibly lucky to be a part of the project and to be part of a truly fantastic team, contributing so much to the future of motoring. I hope this solar car tribe we as DUEM started grows further still.

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  • Hi congratulations - your post has been selected by DriveTribe ev Ambassador for promotion on the DriveTribe homepage.

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  • Isn't this amazing?

    6 months ago

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