Today is the official due date for the ASC/FSGP 2018 entry package (fees and paperwork, see pre-event status page for details) and preliminary design reports. As of the most recent update to the status board, 31 teams have satisfied the requirements, and are slated to compete in the event.
A total of five nations will be represented: United States (23), Canada (5), Italy (1), Russia (1), and Saudi Arabia (1).
Thank you and congratulations to these teams!
If your team has not registered, but wishes to do so — there is still time. A 10 day registration grace period will be in effect beginning tomorrow (October 16th). During this period, no late fees will be assessed.
For more information regarding next summer’s event, please see the official event page.
The latest revision of the 2018 American Solar Challenge regulations can be found on the regulations page. Please see revision B.
Teams interested in the multi-occupant class of vehicles should take careful note, as many updates have been made with regard to this class.
Our friend and host, UT Austin, recently sent a link to their Flickr album containing photos from the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix.
Have a look: https://www.flickr.com/photos/utece/sets/72157683143172724
Earlier in the week, we were visited by journalists who were interested in getting a closer look at the event here in Austin, TX. They were able to meet some teams, ask some questions, and have made a story available online.
Have a look at their findings:
This Saturday, during the Public Day of the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix, we will be bringing back a favorite of attendees in the past, the solar car workshop. Similar to the work shop we’ve previously held, children will have the opportunity to work hands-on with solar cars as they build and race them.
The workshop will be held at the following times: 9:30 am, 10:30am, 11:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Each time slot has room for 24 participants, and is offered on a first come, first serve basis. Those who are interested may sign-up at the booth on-site.
The public day event will be held in the paddock area of Circuit of The Americas starting at 9:00 am.
The event is well underway with teams already moving through and completing stages of the scrutineering process. Throughout the event we will be featuring teams and all that is going on via a variety of online outlets. We’ve prepared a list, and made it available below.
To keep up with all that’s going on you can keep on eye on the following:
The 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix is fast approaching, it’s just over a week and a half away. This event, like the American Solar Challenge, promotes more than good sportsmanship and camaraderie between teams, it strives to introduce the community to all that’s possible with solar and other renewable energy sources.
The event, which lasts a week, begins with three days of scruitineering, scruitineering is followed by three days of solar-powered raycing. To win the race, teams strive to complete more laps of the nearly three and a half mile long track than any other — using only solar power.
On the final day of racing, the public is invited to see first hand what a solar car race looks like. The open event will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 8th at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. We hope to see you there!
Address of the track (per the COTA website):
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617
At the 2017 solar car conference some teams expressed interest in reviving the solar car subreddit. We’re pleased to see that this initiative is already in progress. For now, ASC will continue to support the Google Group discussion forum and will not take an active role in the subreddit. We’ll allow the subreddit to be managed by the teams & for the teams to allow it to grow and develop dynamically. Feel free to start contributing to the community today at https://www.reddit.com/r/solarracing/.
We have published the first revision of the ASC/FSGP 2018 regulations. These regulations will be discussed at the 2017 Solar Car Conference in Kansas City so if you have any thoughts or questions, that will be a great forum to bring them up. Otherwise feel free to send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Returning to Austin, TX and Circuit of the Americas in the Summer of 2017 is the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP)! The event will take place beginning July 3rd and will run through the 8th.
Keep up with the latest event information via the official event page, and track team statuses online.
You can also keep up via Facebook and Twitter.