Gallery: Student-Designed Solar Car Smashes World Speed Record

At the finish line during the 2009 Global Green Challenge race

At 10:30 this morning in Australia, the Sunswift IVy soared past the world record for the fastest solar car in the world, traveling at more than 88km/h. Designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales, the car is entirely powered by silicon solar cells and produces about 1200 watts — the same amount of power required to run a toaster. Judges from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to award the Sunswift team its official certificate.

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  1. KKE January 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Am I reading this wrong, or has the wrong team gotten the Guiness World Record? Some have had a higher AVERAGE than they got as their top speed in the World Solar Challenge…

  2. epijay January 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

    At some point, as with gasoline, the use of large qualntities of solar energy for purposes not intended by Nature must have its ocnsequences

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