Doraemon's Prop Comes True As Solar-powered Car Can Travel 1051km In 12 Hours

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In the past and now, the variety of novelty props is one of the reasons why countless people are attracted to Doraemon, and always hold the fantasy that these props can come true. A random door or a time machine may not be possible nowadays, but this prop has actually appeared in real life.

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In the anime series based on the manga Doraemon, the movie Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of the Clouds is sure to impress many of you.

In the movie, when Nobita and Shizuka and their group visit the well-built kingdom, each drives a solar-powered car, a prop pulled out by Doraemon.

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As also mentioned in the Doraemon movie, solar cars require no fuel, do not pollute the air, and are noiseless, which is important not only for the anime but also for people in the real world today who need to develop clean energy in a big way.

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In fact, there are already quite a few solar-powered cars out there today. Not only that, but the Belgian Agora Solar team built a solar-powered race car that broke a world record, driving the BluePoint Atlas 1051 kilometers in 12 hours.

The car, which surpassed the record of 924 km held by the Dutch solar team since 2020, is the ninth solar car built by the Belgian Agora solar team.

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This team of Belgian engineering students with the most innovative and efficient solar cars has made the team the current European and world champions after winning races in Chile, Australia and Belgium.

At 7:31 a.m., the Agora Solar team took the BluePoint Atlas and began its record-breaking attempt on the closed test track at the Ford Lommel automotive proving ground in Belgium.

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After 305 kilometres, there was a potential disruption to the schedule when clouds began to build up that could have affected the BluePoint Atlas, which is powered directly by the sun. After 5 hours and 45 minutes of travel, the solar-powered vehicle had covered 549 kilometres.

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After the BluePoint Atlas had travelled 700 kilometres, the car suddenly had a flat tyre. The team decided to accelerate to 95 km/h to make up for the lost time. With an hour and a half to go, the team passed the 924 km mark and ended up with a time of 1051 km ahead of the previous record.

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Apart from the flat tire, the solar car has not encountered any other major problems, which speaks for its reliability. For this reason, the team also says it is well prepared for the Sasol Solar Challenge, which will be held in South Africa from September 9 to 16.

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Not only the Belgian team taking part in this unique challenge for the first time, but also teams of students from all over the world will be there to take on the challenge, with different solar cars driving on as much solar energy as possible for 8 days. This is the longest race the Belgian team has participated in so far, and the reliability of the cars and the team strategy are both important.

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While there is still some distance to go before you have a solar car that doesn't require fuel or charging - for example, the Aptera solar car that Aptera Motors plans to put on the production line this year is actually still a hybrid and can travel 1,000 miles (about 1,609 km) on a single charge - the solar panels can also provide about 40 additional miles (about 64 km) per day on a 700-watt continuous charge. (about 64 kilometers) per day on a continuous charge of 700 watts.

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However, these solar-powered vehicles, including the BluePoint Atlas, have shown with their achievements that such a vision is possible, and if the current technical challenges can be overcome, perhaps people in the future will be able to wander around in solar-powered cars like Doraemon and the others.

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