Last Friday, with racer Barton Mawer behind the wheel, the previous record of 49.09 mph was shattered when IVy was clocked at 55.14 mph average over two 2500 meter (1.56 mile) runs in opposite directions at an Australian Air Force base in the town of Nowra. IVyâ€™s top speed through the lights was 56.85 mph.
â€œIt was a long road but weâ€™re really happy with the result,â€ said Sunswift project manager Daniel Friedman.
According to Mawer, the car was steady on the road, though the handling dynamics changed after the team removed the 55 lb on-board battery that was designed to power the car on longer journeys.
â€œThe car is designed to travel at these speeds so the aerodynamics meant the car was steady,â€ Mawer said. â€œHowever since we were going for solar only, we removed the battery that normally sits in the front which meant the car wanted to move a little from side to side. But I felt safe the whole time and with improvements feel confident the car could handle going faster!â€
Thy name is solar .