Following last week’s unfortunate training accident, it is with great regret that we report that the Cambridge University Eco Racing car, Resolution, has had to withdraw from the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, due to be held this week in Darwin, Australia.

During testing on a specially designated solar testing road last Tuesday, Resolution suffered an incident that caused it to roll onto its side. Fortunately the driver was unhurt, but the car was significantly damaged, requiring urgent repairs which required the team working long into the night under significant pressure. Although these were completed in time and the car passed all of the scrutineering tests required from race control, further testing yesterday revealed deeper issues which meant that the car has had to be withdrawn.

As a sponsor of Resolution and long-time supporter of the CUER team, who were Winners of the 2013 Matchtech Engineering Showcase, we are obviously sad to hear this news. However it is encouraging to hear that the team qualified 4th fastest during testing and were on target for a competitive race. The team also succeeded in developing several new and innovative technologies over the design cycle including the tracking plate, flexible fairings, and solar concentrator systems – all of which will stand CUER in good stead for future competitions, therefore we look forward to working together and supporting CUER further in the future.

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