World's fastest solar-powered electric car Eve visits Tamworth High School

FLASHY AND FAST: Connor O'Shea with the solar-powered Eve, the fastest electric car in the world. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHC004

FLASHY AND FAST: Connor O'Shea with the solar-powered Eve, the fastest electric car in the world. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHC004

THE world’s fastest electric car, Eve, and the team behind it, Sunswift, visited Tamworth High School to inspire students to explore their passions once they leave school.

The solar-powered car can hit a top speed of 130km. Students made their own solar-powered vehicle – though they were slightly slower.

Sunswift mechanical engineer Connor O’Shea said the team wanted to show students the “wide range of amazing opportunities” available at university.

YOUNG MINDS AND BRIGHT IDEAS: Tamworth High School students got the chance to make and race their own solar powered vehicles.

YOUNG MINDS AND BRIGHT IDEAS: Tamworth High School students got the chance to make and race their own solar powered vehicles.

Eve has had a good life – in 2013 it came first in World Solar Challenge race from Darwin to Adelaide and in 2014 it broke the world record for fastest electric car.

“We thought how could we possible trump that? So we decided to make it the first road-legal solar car in Australia, possible in the southern hemisphere,” Mr O’Shea said.

The Sunswift team builds a new car every four years. The design of new car is already finished, and will be built next year, around the same time the team hopes to see Eve on the road.

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