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How to Follow FSGP 2015

Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2015 kicks off Sun Jul, 26 with team check in and scrutineering beginning in the morning. So how can you follow the event?

While Scrutineering tech inspections are underway during the first 3 days of the event, we’ll be periodically updating team Scrutineering status on the FSGP 2015 Status Board (check the time stamp at the bottom of the Scrutineering board for the time of the last update). Before teams are allowed on the track they must achieve all greens or blues at every Scrutineering station.

Once the FSGP 2015 race begins on Wednesday, we will be posting team lap count updates at the main FSGP 2015 Page (check the time stamp at the bottom of the list for the time of the last update). If you are in the Austin area, keep in mind that Friday is the Official Public Day at Circuit of The Americas which will be free for anyone to attend and see the cars up close.

If you are interested in more frequent updates, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Use the official hashtag #FSGP2015. We’ll also be posting lots of photos throughout the event to our Flickr page.

UT Austin Returns as FSGP Sponsor

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We’re thankful to have UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering back as a sponsor of FSGP 2015 this summer. They will be hosting us on campus for the awards dinner and ceremony Friday, July 31st! Over the past few years they have been instrumental in helping us coordinate competitions at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX.

Welcoming PF Jones as a Sponsor

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We’re pleased to announce that PF Jones has become our newest sponsor for FSGP 2015! They offer a great selection of high quality tow bars for just about all auto makers out there. Be sure to check out their website if you are ever in need of tow bars or related accessories.

ASC 2016 Regulations

The first full release of the ASC 2016 regulations is now public and can be downloaded at the Regulations Page. Don’t hesitate to contact ascregs@americansolarchallenge.org with any questions.

ASC/FSGP 2016 Reg Summary

We apologize for the delay in information regarding ASC/FSGP 2016 regulations. We’re happy to announce that a summary of planned changes for 2016 has now been published at the ASC/FSGP 2016 Regulations Page. We expect to have the full regulations published prior to the Solar Car conference next month.

Conference Registration Open

We have now opened up registration for the March 2015 Solar Car Conference at the University of Michigan. Registration forms are due by March 1st. For more information including a tentative schedule and conference fees, check out our Event Registration page.

Solar Car Conference

SAVE THE DATE: The Innovators Educational Foundation will be hosting solar car conference for all ASC/FSGP teams March 20-22 (Fri-Sun), 2015 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It is recommended that teams send at least one representative. The topics of discussion that are currently planned include

1) Technical sessions on many of the key design aspects (batteries, electrical, mechanical, etc…).

2) Discussion on regulations, as well as a roundtable on the direction of the regulations for future events will be held.

Additional details to follow. If your you have suggestions or requests for the conference so that your team can get the most out of it, send them to ascregs@americansolarchallenge.org.

FSGP 2015 Announced

We’re pleased to announce that FSGP 2015 will be returning to Circuit of The Americas Sunday, July 26th – Friday, July 31st. Teams should see the registration page for race entry information. The 2015 team status board is now active as well to track everyone’s progress towards registration. Don’t hesitate to email ascteams@americansolarchallenge.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone again this summer!

ASC/FSGP 2014 Wrap Up

Thanks to all the teams, sponsors, observers, and event staff that made this summer’s collegiate level American Solar Challenge (ASC) and Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) solar car racing possible. 20 teams showed up to this event with a car, including a number of international and first-year teams. This is a higher number of participants than in recent years, which is promising for the future of solar car racing in America. See here for the full race results and more event information.

Of the 20 teams that showed up, 17 of them were eventually able to pass the rigorous Scrutineering inspections and get onto the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) track for the FSGP qualifier race powered by Austin Energy. The track event proved particularly challenging this year due to heavy cloud cover, the steep hill up to turn one, and a battery fire that delayed the final day of racing. For the second year in a row, Iowa State set the fast lap around the COTA track and this year was slightly faster than last with an average speed of 44.8mph. Congratulations to the following teams who ranked in the top three positions based on total number of official laps over the 3 day FSGP qualifier race.

FSGP 2014 Top 3 Positions

  • 1st: University of Michigan – 174 laps (596 mi)
  • 2nd: Oregon State – 124 laps (425 mi)
  • 3rd: University of Minnesota & Western Michigan University Tie – 110 laps (377 mi)

Only 4 registered teams met the official lap qualification requirements for ASC, including the University of Michigan, Oregon State, Iowa State, and QIAU HAVIN from Iran. 6 other teams were granted provisional qualification such that 10 teams were allowed to start the American Solar Challenge. One of these teams chose to withdraw before the start of the cross-country ASC start line. Another team was not able to meet their provisional qualification requirement and had to withdraw before the start of the 3rd day. This left us with just 8 teams finishing the 1700+ mile race from Austin, TX to Minneapolis, MN.  These 8 teams clearly demonstrated that their solar vehicles are capable of traveling long distances across varied road, traffic, and weather conditions. The top 6 teams completed the full event on solar energy without ever having to trailer their vehicle. This was no simple feat given the number of cloudy days. The University of Michigan soared to its 5th consecutive victory in the American Solar Challenge. They also were the first team to arrive at every checkpoint and stage stop throughout the race! Congratulations to the top thee ASC teams.

ASC 2014 Top 3 Positions

  • 1st: University of Michigan – 41:27:29 (hh:mm:ss elapsed)
  • 2nd: University of Minnesota – 45:19:09 (hh:mm:ss elapsed)
  • 3rd: Iowa State University – 50:18:46 (hh:mm:ss elapsed)

Photos from the event can be viewed on Flickr at the links below.

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.