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Stanford Solar Car Project to Race in 2011 World Solar Challenge

By: Katherine Vong - Published: • References: flickr and blogs.sfweekly
Soon to be racing across the Australian outback is Xenith, a 3-foot-tall, solar-powered vehicle crafted by the Stanford Solar Car Project.

The Stanford Solar Car Project comprises 20 engineering students from Stanford University. Together they have built a solar-powered car that, according to the team leader Nathan Hall-Snyder, pushes the boundaries of aerodynamics. Featuring 26 glass solar panels, Xenith can also run off of its lithium batteris for 200 miles without needing sunlight. Driver of the Xenith Rachel Fenichel further states that the vehicle has an antireflective coating that's "the best in the world."

With all of this eco-friendliness, Xenith is sure to cost a pretty penny -- about $500,000, Hall-Snyder estimates. Nontheless, the Stanford Solar Car Project is receiving heavy backing by Stanford, not to mention car manufacturers like Volkswagen.

The official unveiling of Xenith will take place on Aug. 11.