Meet the Solaris Solar Car Concept

When Mazda and Australia‘s Aurora Solar Vehicle Association get together, it would appear, very good things happen, at least insofar as Aurora Survivor 2050 solar car competition goes–the winner of which is this beauty by Ali Jafari (which comes to us via Yanko Design).

The competition, which was open to design students attending Monash University in Melbourne, challenged participants to create a solar car with “an approachable and futuristic, yet practical, four-wheeled design,” as well as room for at least two people and a top speed of approximately 150 kilometers an hour (around 93 miles per hour).

Aurora Solaris concept car

image via Aurora Solar Vehicle Association

Aurora plans to develop the winning design, known as the Solaris concept car, over the next two years, with the goal of competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. (This annual event Down Under challenges solar cars in a race around 186 miles long, this year from Darwin to Adelaide.)

Of course, development takes capital, and towards that end, Aurora is currently looking for development partners to help make the Solaris concept car a reality.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply September 10, 2011

    Matt Lambert

    The race is 1860 miles, not 186 miles long. u00a0This concept looks really cool, and embodies the spirit of the solar challenge: to design a car that is not just fast, but also safe and fun!

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