Solar Car Instructions

Solar Car Kit

Included in Kit:
(1) Solar Cell Panel
(1) DC Motor
(1) Motor Mount
(2) Tie Straps (to Strap Motor)
(2) Front Wheels
(2) Back Wheels, Geared
(1) Motor Gear
(2) 1/8" Axle Rods
(4) Washers
(4) Eye Screws
(2) Straws for Axle Covers
(4) Washers
(1) Wood Sheet
(5) Basswood Sticks
(2) Connection Wires

Other Materials Required
Wood Glue

Time Required:
30 Minutes

Video of Solar Car:
Located at the bottom of the page

Kit contents:

Keep in mind that there are several ways 
to make a Solar Car Kit and therefore there 
are materials that won't be needed - 
such as the eye screws for the axles.

Step 1:

Begin by positioning and gluing the Wood Sticks onto the Wood Board so that the Axles/Straws can eventually sit in between them.

Place one wood stick at the very end and use the straw to determine the space for the other stick. Do the same for the other end.


Step 2:

Now we can connect the back wheels using the axles. The straw should be cut to size so that the washers that are placed at the end don't move.  

Repeat the same for the front wheels. 



Step 3:

Place your wheel component in between the two wood sticks you initially glued onto the wood board. 

Then glue a thick paper onto the wood sticks to cover the axle so it will stay in place. 


Step 4:

Since the wheels won't allow you to lay the board flat on the table to allow them to dry, you must use two small objects to suspend them.



Step 5:

Place the motor onto the mount, strap it so that it is snug and then put the gear onto the shaft. 

Cut off any excess strap to give it a clean look. 


Step 6:

Once the glue on the axle covers has dried, remove the adhesive from the mount to place it onto the wood board so that the gear sits right into the gear of the back wheel. 



Step 7:

Connect the Solar Panel to the motor and place on the motor so that it is facing upward towards the sun. 

Put a piece of tape at the end so that the panel doesn't move and now you're ready to place your car under the sun and start the fun!



Step 8:

Here is the completed Solar Car. Now that you have an idea of how a Solar Car is constructed, you can be creative and make one that your own original design. 


Solar Car Kit Video:    

Solar Car Kit in Action