Zerust are very excited to be sponsoring Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM). DUEM are a team of around 30 students, founded in 2002, who design, construct & race electric vehicles.


Following on from the team’s success in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge & the 2011 World Solar Challenge, DUEM have designed a brand new, carbon-fibre monocoque solar car from the ground up over a period of 3 years to compete in the 2015 World Solar Challenge – a 3000km marathon across the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide.


This car will use solar power, & nothing more, to race against 50+ teams from across the world through the heart of Australia. It will be an incredible test of both the car & the team.


The car is an outstanding feat of engineering. The car weighs just 200kg & is able to travel up to 70mph. This is thanks to a strong, lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, the team’s in-house designed in-wheel motor & extraordinarily efficient aerodynamics. This means it can cruise at 70mph whilst using 5x less power than a Toyota Prius.


Zerust have provided DUEM with tape, critical for preventing internal air flows inside the car, as well as packaging expertise when shipping the car to Australia.


Please do have a look at DUEM’s Indiegogo crowdfunding page (igg.me/at/DUEM) to see how you can support their goal of bringing the energy of the future to the world’s attention today. They have a range of unique benefits you can receive for supporting them, including the opportunity to have your name inscribed on the actual car which will travel 3000km across Australia! You can also contact the team at: [email protected].


Moreover, DUEM recently appeared in BBC Autos (link: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20150625-an-english-sun-rises-in-australia). Keep an eye out for them over the next few months as they push the boundaries of solar technology ever forward.