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.
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.
We would like to officially announce the 2017 IEF Solar Car Conference. This event will be held February 3rd through February 5th in Overland Park, KS, near Kansas City. All interested solar car teams are invited!
For more information, please see the event’s official page.
Revision B of the ASC 2016 regulations have now been published. Be sure to download them and give them a thorough read prior to the event. They contain a table of changes that details the key updates from the initial release.
We’re pleased to announce that Sporttraxx will be sponsoring ASC 2016 with transponders and live tracking for the solar cars during the event!
ChameleonJohn is our latest ASC 2016 sponsor! Check out their website which has lots of coupons and discounts for all the bargain hunters out there.