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ASC/FSGP 2014 Event Information

This summer’s collegiate level solar car racing is taking place from Jul 14-28. Here are some important links to help you stay up to date with the 2014 event. We will do our best to keep the website regularly updated throughout the event but if you are looking for up to the minute stats and information, our social media feeds will be a better bet. If you are primarily interested in following a particular team, we suggest that you check out their website and social media feeds for more information. Some teams will have webcams and GPS tracking setup.

  • Team Status Board: This page tracks team’s administrative documents, vehicle design reports, and Scrutineering status. The goal here is simple: achieve all greens!
  • Team Rankings, Event Maps, Scheduling, & Information: This page features lots of information about both the FSGP and ASC racing events including official team rankings, schedules, and maps. There are portions of both events that are open to the public. If you get the chance, be sure to come out and see the cars up close and in person.
  • Twitter: This will likely be our most frequently updated feed with the latest tidbits of information about the event as it happens.
  • Facebook: Here you’ll find periodic updates, photos, and possibly some videos throughout each day.
  • Flickr: If you’re looking for photos from this event this is the place to find them. We’ll do our best to upload some new photos each day with more pictures to come from multiple sources after the event wraps up.

Mathworks Solar Car Workshop

Mathworks, one of our longtime event sponsors, is going to have a representative on site at COTA Wednesday, July 16 to host a solar car modeling workshop. This will take place at Event Center A from 1:00-2:30PM during the last day of Scrutineering. We strongly encourage you to send at least one or two team members to learn about the powers of Matlab Simulink software for design, analysis, and optimization of solar cars. You can find more information about the workshop at the following link Mathworks 2014 Solar Car Workshop.

Updated ASC 2014 Regs Posted

Revision C of the ASC 2014 Regulations have been posted. The updates pertain to ASC and FSGP 2014 operations as well as some changes to the penalties. Teams should be sure to read over the revised regulations before the race. This will give you a fresh understanding of race operations and vehicle requirements so you will be better prepared for the event. With the event starting in about a week we are getting very excited to see you all in Texas for Scrutineering soon.

ASC/FSGP 2014 Event Program

The event program for ASC and FSGP 2014 has now been released on our website. Enjoy.

ASC/FSGP 2014 Team Data Sheets

23 teams from around the world are registered to participate in ASC/FSGP 2014. Some are long time condensers and others are brand new to the event. Checkout the team data sheets to get to them all a little better.  The start of the event is just over 1 month away now. Best of luck to all the teams with finishing building and testing their cars.

Austin Energy Sponsors FSGP 2014

We would like to announce that Formula Sun Grand Prix 2014 is Powered by Austin Energy. We extend a warm welcome to Austin Energy as our newest event sponsor. They are the nation’s 8th largest publicly owned electric utility. They serve more than 420,000 customers and over 1 million residents with a mission to deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service.

ASC 2014 Finish Line

We’re pleased to announce that the ASC 2014 finish line will be in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota on Monday, July 28th. The awards ceremony dinner will also be held on campus that evening. With the start of the event just over 1 month away, we hope you’re all getting as excited as we are about Solaring up the Midwest this summer.

2014 Scrutinering & FSGP Schedule

We’ve released the initial version of schedule for the Circuit of the Americas scrutineering and FSGP qualifier race. It is available at the ASC/FSGP 2014 page or can be downloaded directly here.

ASC 2014 Starting at UT Austin

We can now confirm that the 2014 American Solar Challenge (ASC) will be starting at the University of Texas at Austin. The Cockrell School of Engineering will be hosting the starting line on Monday, July 21st. In order for solar car teams to participate in ASC, they must first successfully complete the Formula Sun Grand Prix qualifying race July 17-19 at the Circuit of the Americas. On July 20th teams will have a day off or racing to focus on prepping their cars for the cross country race and displaying their cars to the public at UT Austin. If you are interested in getting to meet the teams and learn about the cars, Sunday July 20th will be a great opportunity to do this. We hope to see you at UT Austin this summer as teams gear up for the start of their long journey to Minneapolis.

Kansas Aviation Museum Checkpoint

We are pleased to announce that the ASC 2014 Wichita, KS checkpoint will be hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum on Wednesday, July 23rd. If you are in the area at the time, we hope you’ll take some time to check out the solar car teams as they come through Wichita. While your at it, think about exploring the Aviation Museum as well. There will be an Aviation Camp occurring this same day.