A group of MIT students were taking out the Tesseract - a solar powered car that took third place in the 2003 World Solar Challenge in Australia - for a spin on Mount Auburn Street when a state trooper pulled them over for not displaying a license plate yesterday morning. Other problems the trooper noticed: no headlights, no rearview mirror, overly tinted windows and no windshield wipers. For the record, it also looks a little like a stealth bomber.
My friend and SEVT member Ben Glass '07 had somewhat of an explanation:
Aerodynamics was the reason the license plates weren't attached to Tesseract, said MIT student Ben Glass, who was traveling ahead in a lead car. ``Obviously it's not built for the road,'' he said.
I don't know if they were issued a fine, but if so, I'd be more than happy to help defray the cost.
Next up for Tesseract: The North American Solar Challenge. The race will begin July 17th in Austin, TX, make its way through the Plains states/breadbasket provinces before finishing July 27th in Calgary, AB. Check out the schedule and best times for viewing in your town here.