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:
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.