Students Design Car Powered Entirely By the Sun

Stanford University undergrads to race car in 2,000 mile journey across the Australian outback.
1:51 | 07/10/13

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And it's not -- -- you're luxurious and it's got the smallest steering wheel you've ever seen but has not built for comfort. This little car is built to win. It's not just any race a group of Stanford under grads put it together from scratch fourth 2000 mile journey across the Australian Outback. Powered entirely by the sun. These are essentially the same as the cells that you would put on your house -- just much higher efficiency Stanford's -- the solar challenge before. This time they have a whole new design tested -- wind tunnel. Every coach has made to balance sun exposure with aerodynamics. Every maneuver designed to conserve each precious drop of. Power we actually go slower when it's sunny. If we know that there's a cloudy patch ahead or behind. And we we go fast through the cloudy patch and slow through the sunny patch so -- get the same average speed. But collect more sunlight all while keeping the driver -- six point -- our -- Mr. here stroke and for safety though it has all the trappings of a race car this'll -- car actually isn't -- of the speed demon. It's built for the long haul driving consistently day after day where every house and every detail counts it's definitely endurance race and it's not just about here efficiency is making sure your -- tough enough to actually. Get to the finish. And about 55 miles an hour the best teams will finish of three to four days the end of -- project it's taken a year and a half. The students raise all the money themselves and there is no faculty advisor. But it's become a big part of their education. There's a lot to learn about engineering that you can't learn in class it's not that they're not trying to teach us it's just that there's a big difference between. Otis didn't quite work but it's -- -- -- and this didn't work -- on the side of the road -- -- In less than two weeks they'll load the car onto a ship headed down under for the race in October. At Stanford Jonathan bloom ABC 7 NEWS.

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