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How To Build A Solar Car In Pictures

It’s been a couple of silent weeks from us here at UWS Solar Car. That’s because there has been A LOT going on. Here’s how to build a world-beating Solar Challenge car.


Rubber To The Road: Why Tyres Are Crucially Important To A Solar Car

It’s all about resistance this week, and by that we mean tyres, if you can’t make the car more streamlined or any lighter, you get the best tyres you can so that you minimise rolling resistance; that is the force against the motion of our wheels when they’re moving. You probably know by now that you lose some energy whenever friction is involved, and this is all about minimising that.


Building A Solar Race Car Is Difficult, But Not For The Reasons You Expect

Since before Gizmodo Australia jumped on board, the UWS Solar Car team has been working tirelessly to try and get the funding it needs. This has involved harvesting then blindly contacting every single corporate they could. Sometimes we get no response, other times a straight out no, we do get lucky occasionally such as with Lenovo, SunPower and Gizmodo. As much as our coverage and interaction with you guys through Gizmodo is worth millions, if not billions, other teams have big things in their pipeline.


Solar Sailors: Meet Gizmodo's World Solar Challenge Team

New team members, new design, new rules, same determination to win. Meet Gizmodo’s World Solar Challenge team SolAce, as they try to build a world-beating solar car to race down the inhospitable spine of Australia and beat out better funded teams from Europe, the US and their own backyard. This week: how does a system designed for weapons development help our team create a world-beating Solar Car?


Quantum Of Solace: Introducing Gizmodo's Solar Car Challenger

Gizmodo has been supporting the University Of Western Sydney’s push to build a Solar Challenge car for this year’s Sun-powered race between Darwin and Adelaide. After much hard work, careful planning and many scrunched up pieces of paper over late nights, we’re proud to help introduce you to this year’s medal contender: The Solace — proudly supported by Gizmodo.


Building A Solar Challenge Car: Batman Suits, Submarine Guys And Yacht Champions

We have been out of radio contact with our underdog University of Western Sydney Solar Challenge team for the last few weeks, that’s because there have been some major changes in the works. Champion yacht builders, engineers whose credits include James Cameron’s award-winning submarine, and technology from Australia’s peak science organisation are all coming together to snatch victory from better funded rivals. This is the Solar Challenge team, proudly supported by Gizmodo.


Building A Solar Challenger: Late Nights, Tough Times

The car is finally starting to come together this week, with wheels and suspension units finally going on, but late nights and hard work are finally starting to take their toll on our crack team of solar sailors.


Building A Solar Challenge Car: How Much Does It All Cost?

Our team have been working hard over the last two weeks to get the car ready to race across the spine of the country, but just how much does it cost to build one of these epic green machines?


How Is Carbon Fibre Applied To A Solar Car?

After a brief hiatus, our solar team is back in full production mode. Ever wondered how carbon fibre finds its way onto cars?


Building A World Solar Challenge Solar Car: By The Numbers

It’s a new week and our solar sailors have hit the books this week to find a solution to the new requirements. Does it all add up?


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