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[WD]Australian Solar Car Breaks World Speed Record.

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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/01...-speed-record/

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Last Friday, with racer Barton Mawer behind the wheel, the previous record of 49.09 mph was shattered when IVy was clocked at 55.14 mph average over two 2500 meter (1.56 mile) runs in opposite directions at an Australian Air Force base in the town of Nowra. IVy’s top speed through the lights was 56.85 mph.

“It was a long road but we’re really happy with the result,†said Sunswift project manager Daniel Friedman.

According to Mawer, the car was steady on the road, though the handling dynamics changed after the team removed the 55 lb on-board battery that was designed to power the car on longer journeys.

“The car is designed to travel at these speeds so the aerodynamics meant the car was steady,†Mawer said. “However since we were going for solar only, we removed the battery that normally sits in the front which meant the car wanted to move a little from side to side. But I felt safe the whole time and with improvements feel confident the car could handle going faster!â€
Progress.

Thy name is solar .
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Nice, but we need at least 80 before we use full solar powered cars, and it will have to hold a ton of weight, so we have to use hybrids for now....

Although in the future we can use a night time hybrid car, and solar for day.
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haha thats awesome
wonder what happens if enough birds crap on the panels
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haha thats awesome
wonder what happens if enough birds crap on the panels
The crap hits the fan
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Nice, but we need at least 80 before we use full solar powered cars, and it will have to hold a ton of weight, so we have to use hybrids for now....

Although in the future we can use a night time hybrid car, and solar for day.
I want to post something witty about Back to the Future but I can't be bothered...

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Generally when I imagine a "car", I imagine that it is big enough that a human being can sit in it, or at least on it.
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post #7 of 17
Paintless waste of money...

Hybrids are crap too, better off using a desiel since they get better MPG
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cool, just need to increase solar panel efficiency...

offtopic: there seems to be a lot of talk about birds...
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We should just go back to the stone age, and use man powered cars

"How much mp does your car have Fred?"

"2mp!"


It would be healthy for us, and the environment.
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Is it only me who thinks it looks like an upside down surf board?
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