It's now official. Australia’s top solar car racing team UNSW Sunswift eVe set in July a solar land speed record over a distance of 500 kilometres.
The record of 106.966 km/h (almost 66.5 mph) was confirmed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
This result is well above the previous 73 km/h set 26 years ago.
Sunswift’s project director and third-year engineering student Hayden Smith commented:
“It's not often you can confidently say you made history before you even graduated.”
“If there is one thing we've learned, it's that you're never too young to make an impact.”
More than 100 undergraduate students contributed to Sunswift’s project ove3r two years. The eVe electric car is the fifth build since 1996 by the UNSW team.
UNSW Engineering Dean Professor Graham Davies congratulated the students for what he called “another exceptional feat”:
“For a student project to achieve a new world record for electric vehicle speed and endurance is truly remarkable."
“It goes to show what exceptional students we have here at UNSW.”
The next project will be to modifying the eVe to meet Australian road registration requirements.
According to the specifications, eVe is able to achieve even greater results:
Seating capacity: 2
Range: 800 km
Top Speed: 140 km/h
Solar array output: 800 W
hat tip to Malcolm S!!!