Marcelo da Luz and his team, world record holders for the furthest distance traveled in a solar-powered car, have had their share of ups and downs on their journey across North America in the Xof1 (Power of One) solar car. At one point, the car was even mistaken for a flying saucer with little green men aboard. Sadly, after making it all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana, driver Marcelo da Luz was robbed of passports, laptops, credit cards, cash, a digital camera and a portable hard drive.

The loot was removed from the crew's support van, which also suffered a broken window and a smashed door lock in the robbery. All told, the losses are estimated at around $10,000. To his credit, da Luz is taking the setback in stride. "I don't hope anything bad happens to whoever did this or anything, " he said. "I just hope their lives turn out better so they don't need to do this to anyone else." The team plans to continue heading east down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and into Florida.


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