One of the greatest challenges to engineers is to build a wind-powered car. If you consider a car which can drive any direction either against the wind or with the wind or thru its cross-wind component; indeed that would be remarkable and recently in an online think tank this issue came up and a writer from the UK, Laura asks;."How does the wind powered car work exactly?".How does a wind-powered car work, well you know that really depends on which version of the concept we are talking about and since there are several they all use different set of variations of principles.
Generally a combination of Bernoulli Principle, aerodynamics, vortex airflows, wake turbulence, lift, sails, low air pressure exploits, lasers, gravity, sound thickening and molecular alignment of molecules of air, propellers and of course other alternative energies in a hybrid configuration such as solar, battery power, magnetic principles, fuel cell, electrolysis, moisture collection, etc.Different versions of the designs and different engineers approach the challenge differently. The goal is a self-powered car requiring "no fuel" if it uses a fuel it must collect it from the airflow.
You can see why building a wind-powered car is so complex even though the over all idea is so simplistic. Consider this in 2006..
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By: Lance Winslow