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
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:
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.