Wordless Wednesday – Solar Cars

by Deb on October 19, 2011

Solar Cars

Every two years there is a solar car challenge down the middle of Australia.

driver

Drivers are practically lying down.

They usually zip through our town very quickly, but this year several were stopped because of bushfires further south, so we got to wander around and stickybeak.

spraying

Spraying the panels to improve efficiency.

The teams were all lovely, we talked to Turkish, Dutch, Japanese and Australian teams from universities and companies. They were happy for us to chat, answered questions and showed us things. They all had the panels up facing the sun to recharge their batteries, it’s been terrible weather for them this time because there are lots of clouds and smoke around.

japanese panel

Originally the challenge was just to make it, but they are now at the stage where speed limits are becoming a problem so they have added new challenges. There are now cars coming through that actually look like cars, with upright seats and a proper steering wheel. And one lovely German team let me sit in their car.

challenge car

They’re building a solar car that can drive around the world.

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Penny October 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This is fantastic. I would love a solar car one day. It’s the future that’s for sure!

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Trish October 20, 2011 at 1:03 am

Wow imagine that !
Hi Deb- Thanks for linking up !

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Daisy October 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What a great thing (for you, not them I’m sure!) that they stopped so you could go and have a look! I remember there was a movie about that race – some Hawaiian school kids entered or something?
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