Solar Flair

Key facts

  • Year: 1993
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Owner: National Motor Museum Trust
  • Manufacturer: Unknown
Solar Flair 1993 On Display

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

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