The car of the future - solar car project update - Great Race
Celebrations in New York
Marcelo da Luz
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Dear Electrifying Times,
I just want to say a quick hello and give you a quick update on the
solar car project.
XOF1 received some incredible recognition this past week. It was
selected as the "car of the future" by the Great Race organizers.
XOF1 was chosen to represent the future of the automobile during
the 100th Anniversary of the 1908 Great Race and announcement of the
2008 Great Race from New York to Paris.
Considering all the wonderful car projects and futuristic
vehicles around the globe it is a great compliment to all of us to
have our solar car selected to represent the future.
On February 12th, 1908 at 11:15am automotive pioneers took on an
incredible challenge by driving their horseless carriages from New
York to Paris. It can only be described as an epic adventure.
Vehicles as we know were just being invented and those brave
pioneers made history. Asphalt was only invented in 1910.
To celebrate the event a replica of the winning vehicle "Thomaz
Flyer" along with other vehicles and XOF1 parade on the streets of
New York. The symbolic race started at exactly 11:15am from Times
Square to Central Park at the Tavern on the Green. Where the
vehicles were welcomed by over 140 dignitaries and members of the
The solar car success at the event was so incredible that the
organizers of the event would like XOF1 to enter the Great Race 2008
from New York to Paris. Should XOF1 enter the Great Race, it will
have to undergo some modifications in order to become a competitive
vehicle for the event. For example, it will require a larger battery
pack in order to drive the event's longest leg 750km, modified
suspension, new rims and a different set of tires.
In 1908, about 600 Germans built a car to enter the race in 14 days
and the driver of the winning vehicle George Shulster was told the
day before by his boss he was entering the race (talking about last
XOF1 drove freely on the streets of New York as a licensed
vehicle, it is legal to drive on any country protected by the 1949
Geneva International Traffic Treaty. A little creativity goes a long
In the following weeks, I'll be discussing with team members and
potential supporters/sponsors the possibility to enter the
race. I'll need a small army, a few angels, a miracle and lots of
coffee to pull this together.
Here is a link to a short video about the Great Race 100th
Should we raise enough support, we'll take the solar car on the
biggest vehicle challenge on earth.
In any case, we already have plenty to celebrate;
XOF1 is the most international solar car project in the world.
XOF1 is the first solar car in the world to operate at below
freezing temperatures and to drive on an ice road.
and it was honored by the Great Race as the car of the future.
Marcelo da Luz
The Power of One, solar car project
Ph. (416) 465 9459, Mobile (416) 834 0788
"inspired by the sun, motivated by the environment"