How will vehicles of the future be powered? Will electric motors replace the internal combustion engine? Or will some new, as yet undiscovered, technology create a new transport revolution?
Philip Farrand developed Solar Flair for the 1993 World Solar Challenge. This bi-annual event promotes the development of solar-powered cars. Entrants race over a 1,800-mile route from Darwin to Adelaide, across the arid and sparsely populated Australian Outback. Solar Flair finished the event in nine days.
Power supply: 8m² solar array. 8 x 12Volt batteries to store energy and provide boost for acceleration.
Motor: Super efficient 8hp 1.2kw output electric motor, seven times more efficient than an internal combustion engine.
Cruising speed: 35mph