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.
We would like to thank Eastern National for their in-kind donation of Passport to Your National Parks Books for the American Solar Challenge 2016! Team members will have the opportunity to collect stamps from the 9 national parks along the route, and then continue their collection after the event. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Eastern National has also made special stamps for the American Solar Challenge to be collected by everyone attending. #ASC2016 #FindYourPark
We’re happy to announce 2 new sponsors of this year’s ASC & FSGP event! The first is Kitchen Cabinet Kings, maker of high quality cabinetry sold at affordable factory direct prices. The second is Innovative Funding Services, which provides simple auto loan services and financing advice. Be sure to check out their websites for more information about all they have to offer.