Photo: Gentlemen, start your solar cells

No, it's not a still from a new live-action Space Invaders flick, these are solar powered cars burning up the track in Istanbul on Aug. 30, 2005, during the first-ever Formula-G Turkish Solar Car Grand Prix. Fifteen solar powered cars developed by students in Turkey filled up the Formula 1 tarmac at Istanbul Park traveling at up to 60 km per hour. Cars were allowed to complete the eight rounds within a maximum two-hour time limit.

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