Designed by students at the University of New South Wales, the Sunswift IVy, solar-powered vehicle has claimed the Guinness WorldRecord for the world’s fastest solar-powered vehicle by hitting a topspeed of 88.738kph. The record-breaking attempt took place at the HMASAlbatross navy base airstrip in Nowra, Australia and shattered theprevious record of 78kph that was set by the GM Sunraycer in 1987.
The Sunswift IVy is a three-wheeled vehicle with a monocoque carbonfiber body. The vehicle features a brushless CSIRO 3 phase DC 1800Welectric motor, which is powered by a solar array producing 1200W.Usually, the solar array is used to power a lithium-ion polymer batterypack, which was removed for the run as the milestone demanded a car that is powered exclusively by silicon solar cells.
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