• Question: What advice would you give to someone building a solar powered car?

    Asked by 22nebula21 to Arttu, Ceri, James_M on 23 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: James M Monk

      James M Monk answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      I think you’d want to make it as light as possible and have as little air resistance as possible. Since it’s not going to have much power, you’d not want to lose much energy to friction.

    • Photo: Ceri Brenner

      Ceri Brenner answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      you’d need to make it as efficient as possible so as to reduce the amount of solar cells needed (they’re expensive and no doubt heavy as well).
      And finally, if you build a successful prototype, stick a patent on it and sell it to the car manufacturers, you’ll probs make a lot ha!