British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin will soon be keeping race-car drivers cool with solar-powered air-conditioning systems.
The company announced a partnership with Hanergy Global Solar Power and Applications Group to equip cars with ultra-thin solar panels that can power auxiliary features, such as air conditioning, without sucking power from the engine.
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The FIA, the governing body for world motor sport, requires World Endurance Championship cars to maintain a cockpit temperature below 32 degrees Celsius (90 degress Fahrenheit) to prevent drivers from overheating, according to car-news site Auto Evolution. Normally, air conditioning is powered by a car's internal combustion engine, draining its power and decreasing fuel efficiency. Read more...More about Cars, Racing, Race, Solar Power, and Tech