Engineers have been building solar-powered cars for years, but this one, the Sunraycer, has a significant place in history. Built by General Motors, AeroVironment, and Hughes Aircraft, it blew away the competition in a 1987 solar-powered car race in Australia. Pleased with the technical achievements and accolades from the Sunraycer, General Motors decided to give the go-ahead to produce the GM Impact, later known as the fabled EV1. The Sunraycer was donated to the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C., where it can now be seen.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: National Museum of American History
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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