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Durham University: solar racing car

Designing and driving our future


Durham University Solar Car Team is the UK’s longest running team of its kind. Since its founding the team have developed 6 generations of solar-electric racer from design to manufacture; each iteration further pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. Using only the power of the Sun, Durham successfully traversed more than 3000 km across the Australian Outback in the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team has attended many international events, racing in 2008 across North America and five times across Australia from 2011 to 2023. They are competing in the European Solar Challenge for the first time in September 2024.

As a team, they have always recognised their solar car programme is much more than just building a car. Our world is facing an age of unbelievable change and progress; particularly in our climate - with global temperatures continuing to rise, we all must accept responsibility for pushing towards a more sustainable future.

Durham University Solar Car has had an incredible journey so far; developing the next generation of sustainable transport while exploring the world and learning to work and grow as a team. This talk is about their journey, personal and academic development, and the future of Durham’s solar car programme.

Design and Manufacturing
Automotive Engineering
Electric Vehicles
Research and Innovation
Sustainable Development


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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28 Jun 2024 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Registration information

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.

If you wish to attend this lecture, please book a place on the IET website.

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre-book a lunch at Savoy Place.  The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £20.83 + vat (£25 inc vat). It is ESSENTIAL to pre-book lunch and pay for it on this website.

Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).

Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).

No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.


  • You don’t need to be a member to log into the system.
  • You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).
  • You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.
  • The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your booking & payment if made.
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Terms and conditions

  • 5+ days before event date - Full refund
  • 4 days before event date - No refund
  • Name substitutions are accepted at any time by email, the IET reserves the right to charge a transfer fee


Caitlin Musto

Co-Head of Logistics, Durham University Solar Car Team - Durham University

Caitlin is a 3rd year General Engineering Student at Durham University. She is a key member of the Solar Car Electrical Team, working primarily on the solar array, lights system, and the design and manufacture of the car’s driver interface.


This year she is also working as the Co-Head of Logistics, organising everything from track testing days to motorsport insurance, plus the accommodation, catering, and transport of the team and car for all events.

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Saahil Dhawan

Head of Electrical, Durham University Solar Car Team - Durham University

Saahil Dhawan is a 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering Student at Durham University. Having joined in his 2nd year, he focused on the telemetry system and the design and build of the motor for Durham’s 2023 BWSC campaign; as well as aiding the team in the building of the car’s aerostructure.

This year, he is working as the of Head of Electrical. This role involves managing the electrical sub-team in the adaptation of the team’s 2019 car into a track car, with the aim to attend iESC in September. This aim has also shifted his focus to the development of a new, higher power battery pack to improve its suitability to track conditions.

Reasons to attend

If you are interested in how Solar energy is being designed and built into our furture Cars and how developing this technology will aid climate change and support sustainable transport. 


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place

United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

We’re fully committed to reducing our impact on the environment and are constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable.


11:30 - Arrival for optional lunch

It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre

12:00 - Optional lunch

13:45 - Arrival for lecture

It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture. Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing-in procedure.

14:00 - The lecture starts promptly at 14:00

15:00 - Questions and discussion

15:30 - Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre.

Free for members only.



Please register to attend

Free of charge (£25 for lunch)