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Not just for speed
GM Sunraycer solar car
GM Sunraycer solar car

Because of their popularity, and because winning a race requires both technological expertise and athletic skill, manufacturers and others have used races to develop—and publisize—new technologies.

In response to the energy crisis of the 1970s and 1980s, several organizations sponsored races where the prize went not to the fastest, but to the most energy-efficient. Other races required reliance on solar power.

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