Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Xenith: Stanford’s Fastest Solar Car

August 16, 2011

The Stanford Solar Car Project has been working on Xenith, its latest all-solar vehicle for two years which later this year will travel across the Australian Outback powered by nothing but sunlight. The team boasts that Xenith is the fastest solar car ever built.

Xenith will race in The World Solar Challenge, a race which is held every two years and challenges teams to build ultra-efficient solar vehicles in a 3,000-kilometer race from Darwin to Adelaide. This year's race will take place October 16-23.

The rules of the race vary for each event, giving teams just two years to conceptualize and build their vehicles. The idea is to constantly push the boundaries of what the vehicle can be, ranging in designs from ultra conceptual abstract ideas that may be less practical, and working toward real-world applications of energy efficiency that could be applied to future consumer products.