German team travels across Australia in wind powered car (+video)

German team travels across Australia in wind powered car (+video)

For semi-crazed cutting edge engineering you just can’t beat the Germans. If something is in any way possible a German inventor will find a way to make it a reality, in this case there are two of them. Eco travellers and ground breakers Stefan Simmerer and Dirk Gion have just broken three Guinness World Records in a wind turbine powered electric car.

How the hell is that possible? Well, it’s not easy but in essence uses the same tech as those big robotic windmills that now adorn farm hilltops around the globe. During there travels Simmerer and Gion would park the Wind Explorer car (that’s really is its name) and erect a compact and complex looking collapsible wind turbine. While they get some shut eye, this lightweight turbine generates enough energy to recharge the Wind Explorer’s batteries directly. This didn’t always get them quite enough energy for the day ahead, so in that case they used a large kite that can help move the small vehicle forward. Clearly no fossil fuels was required by the Wind Explorer.

Simmerer, Gion and the Wind Explorer recently completed a 4,800 kilometre, 18 day trek across Australia where they either broke or established three Guinness World Records: the first to cross the Great Southern Land in a wind powered car, the longest distance travelled in a 36 hour period and the most distance travelled overall in a wind powered car.

To see how it all worked check out the three videos below, where you can watch the wind turbine be erected, the use of the kite and the triumphant arrival in Sydney.

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