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Behold: The Fastest Solar Car on the Planet

It's the Sunswift IVy, designed by students at the University of New South Wales, and it just broke the record for fastest solar-powered car.

It's the Sunswift IVy, designed by students at the University of New South Wales. Its design—it looks like a big solar panel with wheels—suggests its purpose: to beat the speed record for a sun-powered car. On Friday morning in Australia it did just that, hitting a blistering top speed of—brace yourself—54.6 miles per hour.

So it's not as fast as a Yugo, but still, it runs on just 1,200 watts, "the same power it takes to run a toaster."

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Chinese Train Hits 302 MPH, Breaks Commercial Speed Record

If we had trains this fast, one could get from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, in five or six hours.


While California's high-speed rail network is just barely getting started (and won't even have trains for the foreseeable future) the aerodynamic beauty above just hit a new speed record for a commercial train—302 mph—on China's Beijing to Shanghai line.

If we had trains that fast in America, one could get from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, in five or six hours.

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