Blackbird: Traveling faster than the speed of wind in a wind-powered car

For many of us sustainable transportation is all about driving a car that runs on either an electric engine or a low emission hybrid one. However, for Rick Cavallaro, sustainable personal transportation is all about reducing emissions any way possible. Led by him, DDWFTTW has come up with a car powered entirely by wind. Dubbed the Blackbird, the zero emission vehicle has been designed in such a way that it can travel faster than the speed of wind, while traveling both upwind and downwind.

The team already set a world record in 2010 by traveling downwind at 2.8 times the speed of wind and the after some tweaks the car can now travel upwind as well. While beating the speed of wind while traveling downwind, doesn’t seem too much complicated, traveling upwind and still managing to better the speed seems astonishing, to say the least.

The feat was demonstrated earlier this month when the modified Blackbird was driven at the New Jerusalem airport in Tracy, California,  to set a new world record by traveling 2.01 times faster than the wind speed when headed upwind. The car went through a lot of changes to achieve the feat, the main change being the swapping of the propeller with a turbine and the removal of the transmission. The team has set eyes on breaking their own world record pretty soon with may be some more modifications.

Via: Inhabitat / Autopia

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