UNSW team Sunswift ready for the 30th edition of the World Solar Challenge

UNSW team Sunswift ready for the 30th edition of the World Solar Challenge


2017 is the year of World Solar Challenge, the 30th edition of the most famous solar car competition is just around the corner ( 8 - 15 October 2017). Students from more than 20 countries are getting ready to drive the 3021 km from Darwin to Adelaide with vehicles autonomously designed and assembled .

Among the participants we will see once again the UNSW team Sunswift with the new prototype, Violet. 

Sunswift, founded in 1995, draws from a multitude of backgrounds across the world and a variety of disciplines: industrial design, engineering, business, to name a few.

The Australian team holds the world land-speed record for an electric vehicle, recognised in 2014 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. Sunswift eVe, their previous vehicle, travelled at an average 100 km/h over a distance of 500 km on a single charge. This performance broke a record that had stood for 26 years.

Violet, a sleek four-seat sedan, is the sixth-generation solar car created by the UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift and boasts a state of the art solar array manufactured in Italy. 

The modules, with high-efficiency SunPower cells, have been tailor-made nearby Turin, from Solbian, the same company that produced eVe’s solar panels.

Built for practicality, speed and endurance, combining cutting-edge technology with modern comfort, Violet is a vehicle made to redefine sustainable transport.

Photo credits: Daniel Chen

Design: Tembo