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Tailwind Sponsors Solar Powered Racing Car

29th September 2020

Tailwind is pleased to announce that it has signed a Sponsorship Agreement with Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM). DUEM was established in 2002 and is a student run society who design and build solar powered cars which they race at international events against other solar teams and is the longest running team of its kind in the UK.

In December 2019 they competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. This year they were due to compete in the European Solar Challenge in Belgium but had to withdraw due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Instead they organised their own 24-hour endurance race at RAF Ouston Airfield where they aimed to travel the distance on the track from Durham to Circuit Zolder in Belgium to coincide with when the European Solar Challenge was taking place. The team have worked tirelessly over the past year to improve and modify their car Ortus and wanted to demonstrate this hard work despite not being able to travel and compete against other teams. Ortus is made from carbon-fibre and weighs just 178kg and can cruise on the highway using less power than a hairdryer.

In addition to racing the car, the ability to showcase the technology and inspire budding engineers is key to DUEM which is achieved through their various outreach projects in the local community as well as attending renowned events such as the United Nations Climate Change Summits and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Through Tailwind’s sponsorship it will enable them to continue to inspire the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurs and raise awareness of solar power and renewable technologies.

“Tailwind is delighted to support DUEM in its aims and objectives. DUEM are a highly impressive outfit and provides a rich source of the next generation of skilled engineers and entrepreneurs. We feel there is a common spirit of adventure and resourcefulness that we have in Tailwind and we look forward to enabling DUEM’s continued success” – Steve Edwards, CEO.

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