Luminos, may not be the most stylish or luxurious car out there, however it is already creating a lot of buzz. Built by a bunch of American students who are part of the Stanford Solar Car Project, the car will compete in the Great Solar Challenge, a 2,000-mile race in the Australian Outback.
Made primary to participate in the Great Solar Challenge, the car is made from relatively lightweight carbon fiber and weighs about 375 pounds.
Wesley Ford, Luminos’s team leader says:
“Some teams have cars that break down, while others are not able to complete the challenge in the allotted six days of racing. Those teams have to use trailers to bring their vehicles to the finish line in Adelaide.”
Nathan Golshan, the mechanical engineering team lead of the project, spoke to local ABC reporter Jonathan Bloom in Palo Alto, Calif.
“We go fast through the cloudy patch and slow through the sunny patch,” he said. “We get the same average speed, but collect more sunlight.”
The race involves not driving in the dark and efficiency is key.
“We race each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [The officials] stop the race each night,” said Ford. “Wherever a team is at 5 p.m., they camp out for the night.”