Australian engineering students aim to set world record for fastest solar-powered vehicle

Nick Fetty | July 22, 2014

Engineering students at the University of New South Wales have recently designed a solar-powered car that they hope will set the Guinness World Record for “highest average speed over a 500 km (310 mi) distance.”

Members of Sunswift, the team responsible for designing the car, are confident that its newest model – the eVe – will be able to beat the current record of 45 mph (73 km/h) set in 1988. The eVe has a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) and is capable of covering nearly 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge. The eVe is the fifth car the Sunswift team has built and raced since the group’s founding in 1996.

The record-breaking attempt will take place on Wednesday, July 23 at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Anglesea, Victoria. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. local time. Follow Sunswift on Twitter for the latest information.

The American Solar Challenge will travel through Iowa later this week and will feature a solar-powered car built by students at Iowa State University.

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