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Sunswift Violet, a sleek four-seat sedan designed and built by engineering students at UNSW, will be unveiled at a media breakfast on Thursday, 19 September.

It is the sixth-generation solar car created by the UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, built for practicality, speed and endurance, combining cutting-edge technology with modern comfort.

Sunswift Violet will be UNSW’s entry to the World Solar Challenge, battling 47 teams from around the world in the 3,021 km race from Darwin to Adelaide from 8-13 October 2017.

The Sunswift team holds the world land-speed record for an electric vehicle, recognised in 2014 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, when their previous vehicle – Sunswift eVe – travelled at an average 100 km/h over a distance of 500 km on a single charge. This broke a record that had stood for 26 years, and was recognised with a world record trophy.


What: Sunswift Violet Launch  When: 9am to 10.15am Thursday, 14 September 2017 Where: Village Green, UNSW Kensington Campus (enter via Gate 14, Barker St) (Download map and directions here)

Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Simba Kuestler, Sunswift Team Leader
  • Prof Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Prof Mark Hoffman, Dean, UNSW Faculty of Engineering