Solar triumph!

UNSW's solar car, Jaycar Sunswift III, has broken the world record for the fastest solar-powered road trip from Perth to Sydney.

SunswiftIII record

UNSW's solar car, Jaycar Sunswift III, has broken the world record for the fastest solar-powered road trip from Perth to Sydney.

The student designed solar car set out from Perth's Scarbourgh Beach on Wednesday 10 January and arrived at Sydney Harbour today (Monday 15 January), defeating Dick Smith's previous world record by just under three days.

The team, which includes 11 students, the solar car and three support vehicles, had perfect weather for the trip and is delighted with the result.

"We are all so excited to have broken the world record," says Yael Augarten, Project Leader of the UNSW Solar Racing Team.

"Jaycar Sunswift III is a vehicle to inspire Australians about what the future may hold for sustainable road transport: it's efficient, it's light weight and it's solar powered."

More information about the trip is available on the team's website www.sunswift.com