Sunswift vehicle breaks solar car speed record

A solar car developed by students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, has smashed a Guinness World Record to become the world’s fastest solar vehicle.

The Sunswift IVy car broke the world solar car speed record at the HMAS Albatross navy base airstrip in Nowra, travelling at more than 88kmh, significantly faster than the previous record of 79kmh.

IVy normally uses its cells to charge a 25kg battery, but this was removed for the record attempt.

While students are also usually the drivers of the carbon-fibre race vehicle, professional racing driver Barton Mawer and Craig Davis from electric car firm Tesla’s European operations, were drivers for this attempt.

IVy produces about 1,200W - the same power it takes to run a toaster.