Using a body of carbon fiber, Kevlar and epoxy swathed over a honeycomb core, the Sinag solar car
, a first for the Philippines
, is set to enter the 20th World Solar Challenge in Australia in October. The three-wheeled vehicle converts energy from the sun into electricity using 400 solar cells, silicon-based, which are capable of sending 2000 watts to a pack of lithium polymer batteries and in turn to the electric motor driving the rear wheel. Like other solar racers, the car seats one person and relies more on endurance than outright speed. We wish all of the cars a good race in Australia, hopefully the experience and knowledge gained will help to increase the efficiency of more normal cars like those that we all drive today.
[Source: Manila Times]