PROJECT D.I.Y. SOLAR CAR – Build your own ride!

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Have you ever dreamt of having your own car? Now you can and practice your driving to boot! It is not dangerous at all, we promise. 😉
In this experiment, we are building a solar car! A solar car is a basic four-wheeled vehicle, driven by an electric motor, powered by a solar panel. This car will run on a smooth level surface using only a minimum of 25% sunlight upwards. 

You can find out more about Solar Car races reading The Race In The Sun article!

 

What you need:

– 2x Recycled DVD Drive Motors (2400rpm)materials race

– Recycled pulley for the 3rd wheel (a cassette player pulley will work!)

– 1x 6V Mini Solar Panel

– 1x Soldering Wire

– 1x Super Glue

– 1x Soldering Iron

– 1x Hot Glue Gun

– 1x pair of Scissors

 

 

 

How to make the Solar Car:

 

  1. Glue the drive motors into the mini solar panel. Be careful not to get glue on the solar cells.

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2. Solder your motors directly to your solar panel’s positive and negative terminals, like this:


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3. Glue the third wheel (the cassette player pulley).

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If you are ready for making the car a little more fancy, take a look to this video!