A5_1 Power of a Star in an Unreasonably Priced Car

Roger Paul Leyser, Hayley Jane Allison, Jordan Iain Penney, Giles Christopher Lipscombe


The inaugural Formula E motor-racing championship features electric cars whose batteries are not currently capable of lasting an entire race, meaning drivers must change cars halfway through. This paper investigates the possibility of using solar panels to recharge the battery during the race; thereby ensuring only 1 car per driver is required. Whilst it is established that the car could support a sufficiently large solar array, the required area of 1920m2 is clearly too large to be of practical use.

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