World’s Fastest Solar Car Sunswift IVy makes it to Guinness World Records (Video)

By on Jan 9, 2011 in Australia, Automobile, Science Comments

Sydney, AustraliaSunswift IVy made it to the Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest solar car, after breaking the previous record of 79 kph (kilometers per hour), according to Australian news sites on Friday.

Sunswift IVy, which was designed and built by students of University of New South Wales in Sydney, was reported to have traveled with a speed of more than 88 kph and produces about 1.2 kilowatts, the same power used by toasters.

The new record for the world’s fastest solar car was confirmed at the HMAS Albatross navy base airstrip in Nowra, without its 25-kilogram battery or silicon solar cells; although it should be installed on normal occasions.

“We broke the record at 10.32 this morning.” Sunswift project manager Daniel Friedman told the news. “The Guinness World Records adjudicators were on hand, so it’s all official. We’ve even been handed our certificate.”

“We were expecting to get our peak sun at noon, so the fact we broke the record so early was a great result.” Friedman said, adding that the whole team was excited to see the car performing well.

Apparently, IVy was said to have performed its fastest speed of 103 kph during the 3000-kilometer Global Green Challenge race from Darwin to Adelaide in 2009, where their team won on their category.

Below is the YouTube video uploaded by LabEquipment showing IVy, the world’s fastest solar car, in action.

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