The High School Solar Car Challenge: some history

This year I am covering the (High School) Solar Car Challenge, as well as the university competitions. The high school event will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway on July 15–22 (with Covid protocols in place). The race will be live-streamed via the event’s YouTube channel, or check out    and    (click on the icons). Today I am taking a look at some past results for years when the event was held at the same racetrack.

The top division in recent years has been the “Advanced Division.” In 2019, RAHS Green Energy Team clocked up an impressive 659 laps in that division (988.5 miles or 1591 km in 30.6 hours, for an average speed of 32.3 mph or 52.0 km/h). That is faster than the Cruisers in the 2018 American Solar Challenge. RAHS Green Energy Team has a new car this year, so might do even better. So might their competitors, of course.

In the more basic “Classic Division,” we have four new teams, so it will be interesting to see how they perform. And the three other classes will be interesting as well!

The Texas Motor Speedway, seen from space. Each lap is 1.5 miles or 2.4 km.

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