Uni team set to be leading light in solar car challenge
IT’S red hot and raring to go, all with the power of the sun. The Western Sydney University’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge team has built UNLIMITED, a 150kg car with 391 solar cells that can reach speeds of almost 130km/h.
The carbon fibre car, the only entry from NSW in its class, will be filled with $2 worth of fuel and then be reliant on solar and back-up batteries for the duration of the race from Darwin to Adelaide. Dr Ali Hellany, senior lec--
turer and academic supervisor for the Solar Car project, was proud of the university team for designing a competitive car that used cutting-edge technology. Fifteen students from the team of 25 will travel to Adel--
aide on Thursday, to test the car, ahead of it competing in the 3000km race from October 15-25. Project manager Anuj Verma, 23, said the car’s lightweight frame set it apart from the competition.
Ann Xiao and Rez Pulido, at the Western Sydney University Werrington campus, are preparing to race UNLIMITED.