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Stella Vie - A 5 seater luxury solar racer!

The Technical University of Eindhoven presented the newest incarnation of their solar racer family car: the Stella Vie.

The new regulations of the Aussie Solar Challenge allow for longer cars and limit the area for solar cells to 5 square meter, which means more room to play for the uncovered area.
And it shows.
The previous Stella cars were stumpnosed and bladetailed.
The Stella Vie has a much more aerodynamic and aesthetic body, with 9% less drag than the Stella Lux and 20% less drag than the first Stella:

More info on the TUE news site:
Stella Vie in a nutshell

Weight: approx. 380 kg
Dimensions: 5 m long, 1.65 m wide, 1.22 m high
Roof surface area: 5 square meters
Battery: 50 kg
Range: 1000 km on 1 charge (on a summer's day in the Netherlands)
Number of occupants: 5
(not fully up to date at the time of posting)

The team hopes to get it certified as road legal, just like the previous Stella cars.

Presentation. Skip to 52:45. Dutch, but probably largely self-explanatory.

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