We’re really proud have supported UNSW’s Sunswift World Solar Challenge racing team entry into the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.  The race took place from Darwin to Adelaide – between the 22nd and 29th October 2023.

The UNSW not only came first in its Cruiser Class, but broke the Guiness World record for the World’s Fastest Electric Vehicle going over 1,000km (621 miles) on a single charge.

In the Cruiser Class, positions are based not just on which car drives the fastest, but instead on a points system that takes into consideration the energy usage of the car, the number of people inside the car and also therefore its ‘practicality’, as well as the time taken to complete each stage.

It is the first time an Australian car has won the Cruiser Class category in the World Solar Challenge since it was first introduced back in 2015.

The undergraduate students built a race car from scratch in 3 years engineering everything from the aerodynamic design to the software used to run the car.

“Thank you for your valuable support of Sunswift Racing!  
With your help, Embedded Systems has been able to achieve an incredibly reliable system.

The Peak X6 is now a backbone of our system, allowing us to integrate 3 CAN buses for all our devices.
 The PCAN Diag-2 has already highlighted improvements with termination which we have made.

We have also been experimenting with the MicroMods and these will form a valuable contingency as we race on the BWSC.”  Peter McNair – Embedded Systems Department Lead