Xenith Solar Car Rendering | Stanford University

The rules are simple: Build a car that runs on sunlight, and drive it across the Australian outback as fast as possible. For a long time, the World Solar Challenge meant 14-hour days puttering 1,800 miles across blazing, hazardous desert ("DO NOT swerve to miss kangaroos," the rule book warns, "You will crash").

Engineering students at Stanford University may have created one of the most efficient vehicles of its kind reaching highway speeds merely by converting photons into forward drive. Stanford University's solar car entry, the Xenith, weighs just 375 pounds with a 4-inch-thin chassis and less aerodynamic drag than a rider on a bicycle. The vehicle is expected to hit 55 miles per hour fueled by just the sun.

My job was to create some illustrations for various purposes; see-though renderings to shows the interior structure of the car, and another to show the drive system, and how Futeks components were used in the cars transmission.

I modeled the car completely from photo-reference, and reconstructed the body, frame, wiring, electronics, and motor system.