UNSW's Sunswift team set up Violet solar power car

The team of engineering students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has set up electric cars using solar power to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for 3000 km. Sunswift Violet is a solar powered car with four seats as the sixth car created by the team for practicality, speed and durability.

Tinuku UNSW's Sunswift team set up Violet solar power car

The Sunswift team has prepared Violet that brings together innovative technology and modern comfort to challenge 47 teams from 21 countries in a race 3021 km from Darwin to Adelaide which begins on Sunday 8 October 2017.

Violet has a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and a range of 800 km (497 m) runs only using solar panels on the roof. The car is also powered by a modular lithium-ion battery to store power from the sun for a range of 400 km (249 m).

The car has 7 kW of horsepower at 110 km / h (68 mph) and two 1.5 kW motors operating at 98% efficiency. The monocoque twill carbon-fiber chassis weighs less than 400 kg and aerodynamics produces a drag coefficient below 0.2 or better than most cars on the market.

Teams competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge this year are from Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands' Stella Vie, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Australia.