RORMaxx EV - wind powered concept
We usually don’t post sketches and computer images from design schools because they lack any reality. But this time we’re willing to make an exception for a few high school students who should be applauded for their innovative idea. While most teenagers have pictures of Ferraris or Lamborghinis on their walls, Rory Handel and Maxx Bricklin, two seniors at Harvard‐Westlake High School in California, decided to make a dream car of thier own.
It’s called the Formula AE, and it’s designed to be eco friendly. It’s an electric car with solar panels. While that is an idea that Toyota and GM are already looking to put into production, Handal and Bricklin also added wind-turbine generators to their design. Just like regenerative braking found on many electric and hybrid cars today, the Formula AE wants to convert waste energy to be used again in the car.
The teenage team also says the car has a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds, top speed of 155 mph, range of more than 200 miles, 1.5 hour charge time, and $80,000 to $150,000 price tag. All great stuff, but remember Formula AE is still just a dream.
There is no word on any testing to see if adding wind turbines to a car would yield enough benefit to outweigh the resistance (and back pressure) it would cause on the aerodynamics. We’re pretty sure it would be hard for a high school, even a private one, to justify paying for a wind tunnel. But with dreams as vivid as the Formula AE, this is not the last time we’ll hear of Rory Handel and Maxx Bricklin.