Nano-cars Race

Nanocars Race
Experience the first international molecule-car race

The NanoCar Race is an event in which molecular machines compete on a nano-sized racetrack. These "NanoCars" or molecule-cars can have real wheels, an actual chassis...and are propelled by the energy of electric pulses!

Nothing is visible to the naked eye, however a unique microscope located in Toulouse will make it possible to follow the race.

A genuine scientific prowess and international human adventure, the race is a one-off event, and will be broadcast live on the web, as well as at the Quai des Savoirs, science center in Toulouse.

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The teams


The track

A unique instrument in Toulouse makes this race possible

The racetrack, a plain gold surface, is placed inside a one of a kind scanning tunneling microscope at the CNRS's Centre d'élaboration de matériaux et d'études structurales (CEMES) in Toulouse.

No magnifying glass is to be found in this instrument; rather, with the help of a small electric current, a small tip screens the surface where the track and map are located. Small electric pulses supply energy to the NanoCar!

The microscope in Toulouse is novel in that it is the only one in the world that has four independently controllable tips, enabling four teams to compete simultaneously.

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