Design and build the next generation of prototype electric car. Be part of the Sunswift Racing team who is redefining the way we travel.

VIP ChallENG research goals

Sunswift Racing is Australia’s top solar-electric development project, being crowned champions in the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – a 3,000km race from Darwin to Adelaide competing against universities from all around the world. We combine innovative research with hands-on development to create clean energy transport solutions. Since its formation, Sunswift has produced seven solar-electric vehicles cars and has established a world-class reputation, winning trophies and breaking world records. Sunswift now looks to the future, developing new technologies to produce Australia’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle, while maintaining our focus on incorporating solar and battery technology.

The research includes:

  • Composites 

  • Manufacturing 

  • Battery design 

  • Solar array design and manufacture 

  • Alternate energy solutions 

  • CAD/CAM 

  • Integrated learning 

  • Systems engineering 

  • Design lifecycles 

  • Software development 

  • Artificial Intelligence 

  • ADAS and V2X technology 

ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research Areas


United Nations Development Goals

SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13 - Climate Action
SDG 15  - Life on Land
SDG 17 - Partnerships to achieve the Goal


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience

Team Academic Lead

Richard Hopkins

Professor of Practice

UNSW Engineering

Dr Benjamin Pace

School of Material Science and Engineering

Dr Ivan Perez-Wurfl

Senior Lecurer - School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

+61 2 9385 6056

Dr Shiva Abdoli

Systems engineering

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Scientia Professor Gernot Heiser

Computer Science Academic

Prof. Robert A Taylor

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

02 9385 5400

Prof. John Fletcher

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

+61 2 9385 6007

Dr Mariano Ramirez

Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Industrial Design

Dr Jake Renzella

Computer Science Academic

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