This tiny solar car, called Xof1 (Power of One), has just broken the world distance record for a solar-powered vehicle, and is still going and going. Beginning its record-breaking trek last June, it’s gone from Buffalo, N.Y. to the Arctic Circle and back, next making it all the way across the continent to Los Angeles, traveling a total of more than 12,500 miles.
This little flying saucer-like vehicle can go from 0-60 in 6 seconds, carries one passenger, and weighs 660 lb, running on a 96-volt brushless motor powered by the sun. It traveled at extremely northern latitudes with low sun angles, through an extremely rainy summer, and traversed thousands of miles of roads that often were nothing but gravel.
It’s not the only solar car of its kind in the world, but it’s the most-traveled so far. And the Xof1 still has miles to go before it sleeps, now heading back across the U.S. to Washington, D.C.