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Saturday February 28, 2009

MIT Unveils 90 MPH Solar Car

The brains in MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team have unveiled a new race car that can hit 90 MPH. Dubbed the “Eleanor,” it cost $243K and will be used in the 10th World Solar Challenge race in Australia. Looks like it belongs in space more than in the Outback to me.

Everything is packaged in a chrome-moly steel frame wrapped in carbon-fiber-and-Kevlar bodywork. The car weighs just under 500 pounds, and the top half of the body weighs just 40 pounds — with the solar cells.

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