How to Build a Wind Powered Car

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a small toy car with a vertical cups acting as a propeller to catch wind and propel the car
homemade wind powered car

A wind powered car is an interesting and fun project that captures the power of wind and uses it to propel a vehicle. Wind powered cars are a very clever idea and are different from sail cars because they can travel in any direction with respect to the wind. This project uses household materials and a dollar store toy

watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=58&v=TrSWdjhRw-A or read through this post to see how

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To start off you will need to get a dollar store car advertised as a friction drive car

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remove the top of the car and anything under it that will be unnecesary

 

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Cut off the front of the car and mount it so the wheel makes contact with the gearbox’s large metal round weight

 

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add an elastic band so the wheel applies a light but constant pressure against the gearbox

 

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Cut Styrofoam cups in half and glue them onto the top of wheel that extends in the air

 

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add 2 skewers off the front to hold the front wheel and axel assemble.

Use a skewer as the axel, a straw for the skewer to rotate inside of and glue any lego or toy wheels to the skewers on the front

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This is the final product, feel free to build a styrofoam case around the insides as seen in the first picture

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