Melbourne, Jan 12 (Agencies): Australian students claim to have designed the world's fastest solar car which has smashed a Guinness World Record by travelling at a speed of 88 kmph.

The car, designed by the University of New South Wales students, smashed the world solar car speed record at the HMAS Albatross navy base airstrip in Nowra. The speed was faster than the previous record of 79 kmph.

The Sunswift IVy normally uses its cells to charge a 25 kg battery, but this was removed for the record attempt.

"We broke the record at 10.32 this morning. The Guinness World Book of Records adjudicators were on hand, so it's all official. We've even been handed our certificate," said Sunswift project manager Daniel Friedman.

"We were expecting to get our peak sun at noon, so the fact we broke the record so early was a great result. We hope the news will spur a lot more interest in solar energy and the
debate about renewable energy technology," he said.

IVy produces about 1200 watts – the same power it takes to run a toaster.

"We were confident, we only needed a little bit of sunshine and that was enough. I've been lucky enough to drive racing cars all around the world but this was right up there as a buzz.

"To grab the world record is just great for the whole team, and the University of New South Wales put in a big effort to get this done and hopefully we can keep chipping away at it to raise the bar," Mawer said.