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Solar car makes pit stop at webster

 

On Thursday afternoon, 400 Webster Elementary School students sat on the playground, waiting anxiously for the arrival of a solar car.  They knew only that the car and its driver were trying to set some kind of world record.  The car was passing through Malibu and the team had offered to stop at Webster.  When the car drove through the gate and onto the playground, there was a collective gasp of amazement.  The driver and builder of the car, Marcelo da Luz, stepped out and talked to the students.  He explained that building a solar powered car was his dream and that he was an example that proved that every person can achieve his/her dreams. 

 

After answering some questions, Marcelo drove around the playground before leaving to continue his world record journey.  There are instructions on his website for building a miniature model solar car and the school expects that many Webster students will be working on this project in the days to come.

 

The following is information from Marceloís website - www.xof1.com

 

About Us

History

Xof1 is a project to develop and build a solar car and set a new world record for distance. The catalyst for the project, Marcelo da Luz, was inspired to create xof1 after learning about the World Solar Challenge.

 

Why

The project provides an opportunity to make a positive contribution towards a cleaner future and promote new ideas. We hope that our initiative will inspire and motivate people from all over the world to find a balanced co-existence with nature. 

 

The dream was to take on the greatest challenge on the planet that the solar car had ever faced; to not only reach the Arctic Circle, but also to deliver on a promise to set the world distance record for a solar car.

 

On June 12th 2008 the epic journey began with a symbolic start in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Seneca College (one of the projects greatest supporters). The actual drive began in Buffalo, NY. The original plan was to drive the solar car from Buffalo, NY to Inuvik, NT and back to Buffalo, NY. However, communities in Alaska and Washington invited the solar car to visit them and so it did.

 

On July 27, 46 days later, XOF1 reached the Arctic Circle. Later it also broke the world distance record, achieved itís goal, and fulfilled itís promise.

 

Upon its arrival in Los Angeles on March 6th 2009, XOF1 will have driven over 12,500 miles using only sunshine as fuel. Never being plugged into the grid, crossing the continental divide 8 times, traveling over 1200 miles on gravel roads, taken on snow, ice, the low angle of the Northern hemisphere during the wettest summer of the past 30 years, and conquering the infamous Dempster Highway at its worst since it was built 40 years ago. Making history!

 

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