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