Instructables user ASCAS has let us share his cool project for a DIY mini solar car that can run at speeds of 9 to 12 mph, which is pretty fast for a toy! This project can be made on the cheap -- ASCAS made it for just $4 by reusing parts (he previously showed us how to make a solar phone charger for $5). It's also great for beginners as the maker original constructed the car when he was only 6 years old.
A fluorescent lamp can get the car going, but full sunlight can make it reach top speeds.
Here's what you'll need to make it:
Parts & Materials:
- 2x Recycled DVD Drive Motors (2400rpm)
- Recycled Pulley (for the 3rd wheel)
- 6V Mini Solar Panel
- Soldering Wire
- Super Glue
Tools & Equiptment:
- Soldering Iron
- Hot Glue Gun