York school students get to see pioneering solar-powered car designed by ex pupil

A solar powered car which completed the 3,000km World Solar Challenge in Australia has gone on display in York.

The car, which has a carbon-fibre body and was designed by student society Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM), visited St Peter’s School, York, as part of its public lecture programme.

Pupils and staff were given a tour of the car and its pioneering technology.

Blood, sweat and carbon

No frills - in the name of weight-saving and efficiency, only essential equipment is included
No frills – in the name of weight-saving and efficiency, only essential equipment is included
The team behind the car, with David Morris, Head of Science, on the left
The team behind the car, with David Morris, head of science, on the left

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Sun seeker – proudly displaying the World Solar Challenge badge

Later team principal Oliver Headlam-Morley, a St Peter’s old boy, delivered a lecture to around 250 York residents, entitled Blood, Sweat and Carbon – A Solar Challenge.

He talked about the team’s challenges during the World Solar Challenge in the Australian outback, as well as the engineering complexities involved in building the vehicle and the team’s future ambitions.

David Morris, the school’s head of science, said:

It was fantastic to welcome Oliver back to St Peter’s and to meet Durham University Electric Motorsport and see the car they have built.

The students do everything, including designing the car and approaching companies for sponsorship, which is very impressive.

DUEM has been designing solar powered cars since it was founded in 2002.