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The Most Futuristic Thing Ever

Apparently, 25 solar-powered vehicles are currently competing in a 3000 km race cutting straight across the entirety of the Australian outback, all the while trying to look their best like they’re blasting straight out of a 50s-era retro-conception of the future. Seriously, look at how awesome and weird these things look:

The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge, "Tokai Challenger," from the Japan Tokai University Solar Car Team. (Via Wikipedia)

The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge, “Tokai Challenger,” from the Japan Tokai University Solar Car Team. (Via Wikipedia)

Nuna 3, from the 5-time winners, the Dutch Nuna team. Via Wikipedia

Nuna 3, from the 5-time winners, the Dutch Nuna team. Via Wikipedia

Something British, I guess. Via themotorreport.com

Something British, I guess. Via themotorreport.com

Nuna 3, via Pointwise.com

Nuna 3 again, via Pointwise.com

Via eco-h2o.co

Via eco-h2o.co

The University of Michigan's entry, for 2009, I believe. Along with some guy named John.

The University of Michigan’s entry, for 2009, I believe. Along with some guy named John.

Stanford's solar car, via cleantechnica.com

Stanford’s solar car, via cleantechnica.com

Here’s a video about the 2013 race:

And just when you think the World Solar Challenge can’t get more mad-science-fictional:

“The University of Johannesburg has entered a vehicle that,apart from using petrol and battery power, also makes water as it burns hydrogen.” -from the 2009 race. Source.

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