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September 22, 2004

Canadian Solar Car Achieves World-Record Distance

Photo of the solar car breaking through ribbons with a crowd in the background

The Midnight Sun solar car crosses the finish line after its record-breaking trip.
Credit: Midnight Sun Solar Car Team, University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo's Midnight Sun Solar VII solar car broke the unofficial distance record for a solar car tour in early September. The previous unofficial record of 8,111 miles was set in 2002 during a circumnavigation of Australia. The Midnight Sun team's new record of 9,370 miles is subject to ratification by the International Solar Car Federation and Guinness World Records. See the University of Waterloo press release.

The Midnight Sun team completed its North American Tour on September 16th after driving across Canada and through the United States for 40 days, relying heavily on the kindness of strangers. Find out all about the team's experiences along the way—including the challenges of incoming hurricanes, overcast skies, overeager highway patrolmen, and errant dogs and cats—in the Tour News Archive.