American Solar Challenge 2016 Progress Report

Well, scrutineering for the American Solar Challenge 2016, is over, with a surprisingly small number of teams having passed (although I assume that further scrutineering will continue into overtime). I have updated my ASC 2016 status page to reflect the results so far (and will continue to update it as needed).

What comes next? First, starting on Tuesday 26 July, is the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), which is a kind of pre-race race on the track at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

The main American Solar Challenge event starts on Saturday 30 July, beginning at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and finishing at Wind Cave National Park.

Michigan will be defending the title of “Fastest solar car in the Western Hemisphere.”

Here is the American Solar Challenge 2016 route (I have also posted some illustrated route details):

It is a hillier route than the World Solar Challenge, spanning 1,355 metres (4,446 feet) from lowest to highest point (altitudes taken from a 30-second raster grid, not from actual measurements on the road itself). I expect that some cars will struggle a little on some of the hills.

Best of luck to all teams!


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