TIMELINE

How we got here

2013

SOLACE

Weight: 324 kg

Design: Central Monocoque

Size: 1.8M (W) x 4.5M (L) x 1.1M (H)

Top Speed: 110 km/h

Materials: Carbon Fibre & Nomex Honeycomb

Solar Cell Type: Silicon Cells

Battery Chemisty: Lithium-Ion

BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 2013

SolAce was built completely in-house at the University and with approximately 25 people on the team being led by Jay Manley, who has now moved on to work with Tesla. After completing 2891km of the Challenge the decision was made to trailer the car to the finish during difficult weather conditions. The great effort of the team achieved 11th place in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

2015

UNLIMITED

Weight: 170 kg

Design: Catamaran

Size: 1.8M (W) x 4.5M (L) x 0.9M (H)

Top Speed: 129 km/h

Materials: Carbon Fibre & Nomex Honeycomb

Solar Cell Type: Silicon Cells

Battery Chemisty: Lithium-Ion

BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 2015

With the new shade of crimson and new innovations, we improved on our previous attempts finishing in 10th place after conquering the 3022km of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

2017

UNLIMITED 2.0

Weight: 158 kg

Design: Catamaran

Size: 1.4M (W) x 4.6M (L) x 0.90M (H)

Top Speed: 130 km/h

Materials: Carbon Fibre & Nomex Honeycomb

Solar Cell Type: Silicon Cells

Battery Chemisty: Lithium-Ion

BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 2017

In 2017, we competed once again in the Challenger Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge with UNLIMITED 2.0 (Ted 2.0), a feat of engineering with Silicon cells and a Lithium-Ion battery. Facing severe weather conditions we came 6th in the Challenge which was a massive achievement for us. The team was cohesive and focused on the vehicle being well-tested and reliable.

2018

AMERICAN SOLAR CHALLENGE 2018

Following our success in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, we set our sights on the 2018 American Solar Challenge, becoming the first team to represent Australia in the US. We completed the Formula Sun Grand Prix, the qualifying event for the American Solar Challenge, in 3rd place with 333 laps and set the fastest lap time overall. Following a strong start to the event, we completed 4 out of the 5 stages in the American Solar Challenge in 1st place, taking home the title with a narrow margin of 15 minutes ahead of the 18 year champions, University of Michigan. This crowned us as the first international team to take victory at the American Solar Challenge.

2019

UNLIMITED 3.0

Weight: 116 kg

Design: Monohull

Size: 1.2M (W) x 5M (L) x 0.9 (H)

Top Speed: 130 km/h

Materials: Carbon Fibre & Nomex Honeycomb

Solar Cell Type: Triple Junction Cells

Battery Chemisty: Lithium-Ion

BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 2019

UNLIMITED 3.0 competed in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. After a late start on the first day of the Challenge due to issues with the car, we quickly gained pace and finished the first day in 8th place. However, after high winds on the third day of the Challenge that affected many other teams across the field, we were unable to complete the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge but are looking forward to our next attempt in 2023.