Solar vehicles in Chile race across world's driest desert
CALAMA, Chile (AFP) - Fifteen solar panel vehicles, some that look like small space ships, raced across Chile's Atacama desert Friday as part of a contest to build low-cost environmentally-friendly cars.
Teams from countries like Argentina, Chile, India and Venezuela have crafted aerodynamic racers to speed across 1,300km of the world's driest desert in the second edition of the Atacama Solar Challenge.
The race, which began Thursday, Nov 15, and ends Monday, Nov 19, pits teams from universities that build their cars on a tight budget in the slog across northern Chile.
Some of the vehicles are powered exclusively by the sun's rays, while others are solar- and pedal-powered hybrids.