No need to worry about finding a gas station on these desolate roads. This car fuels up on sunshine while members of Universidad de Chile’s team ready Eolian 2 for stage two of the Atacama Solar Challenge in Antofagasta.
The car’s name references eolian processes, through which winds erode, transport, and deposit materials to shape the earth’s surface—especially in arid environments.
The first version of the Eolian car competed in 2007 at the World Solar Challenge in Australia. At this year’s edition of the race, the second-generation sleek design was the only entry from a Latin American country. Although Eolian 2 placed 22nd in a field of 37 in the Outback, the car finished second in the Atacama Desert.