Uni team set to be lead­ing light in so­lar car chal­lenge

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: CHRIS PAVLICH

Ann Xiao and Rez Pulido, at the Western Syd­ney Univer­sity Wer­ring­ton cam­pus, are pre­par­ing to race UN­LIM­ITED.

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