Current ASC teams list

Here is a preliminary list of the 34 teams (21 Challenger/SOV cars, 13 Cruiser/MOV cars, and no grandfathered cars) from 6 countries entered in the American Solar Challenge next July. Surprisingly, given the WSC lineup, there are only seven asymmetric/catamaran Challenger cars and only five monohulls in the ASC this year. The event is composed of:

  • Fri 10 July to Mon 13 July: scrutineering/inspection of cars
  • Tues 14 July to Thurs 16 July: Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), a track event at Heartland Motorsports Park (Topeka, KS)
  • Fri 17 July: display day at The Independence Square (Independence, MO)
  • Sat 18 July to Sat 25 July: the main road race from Independence to Idaho, along this route

Below is my best understanding of the current team status, based on social media reports and the official list of teams. Regular attendees SIUE, Florida, and UT are missing in action this year, as are WSC stalwarts Blue Sky.

Teams are sorted in team number order and, as always, you can click the social media links, and click images to zoom. Currently, however, several photographs reflect old cars. My blog coverage of the event is using this tag, and you can also check out the official ASC social media at        (click on the icons).

US  University of Michigan 

Monohull challenger (Electrum) – their car name is the name of a gold/silver alloy famous in antiquity.

Previously, Michigan came 9th at WSC 13; came 4th at WSC 15; came 2nd at WSC 17; came 3rd at WSC 19; won ASC 14; won ASC 16; came 2nd at ASC 18; and won Abu Dhabi 15. Their team number (2) is a long-standing tradition.

 
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US  Kentucky 

Symmetric challenger (Gato del Sol VI) – they will be back again, after doing well at FSGP 19.

Previously, Kentucky came 14th at FSGP 14; came 10th at FSGP 15; came 12th at ASC 16; came 7th at FSGP 17; and came 3rd at FSGP 19.

 
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US  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Asymmetric challenger (new car) – they have said goodbye to Flux, and are building a new car.

Previously, MIT came 23rd at WSC 15; came 12th at FSGP 14; and came 5th at ASC 18.


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US  Berkeley (CalSol) 

Four-seat cruiser (Tachyon) – they raced in Australia as number 66.

Previously, CalSol participated in the WSC 19 Cruiser class; came 15th at FSGP 14; came 7th at FSGP 15; came 9th at ASC 16; won FSGP 17; came 6th at ASC 18; and came 2nd in the FSGP 19 Cruiser class.

 
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NL  Vattenfall Solar Team (Delft) 

Asymmetric challenger – these are the champions formerly known as Nuon. Since their Nuna X was destroyed at WSC 19, I am not quite sure which car they will be racing (pictures shown are of their 2017/18 car, Nuna 9). They have also temporarily switched from their usual number 3.

Previously, Vattenfall won WSC 13; won WSC 15; won WSC 17; came 12th at WSC 19; won SASOL 14; won SASOL 16; and won SASOL 18.

 
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US  Iowa State University (PrISUm) 

Four-seat cruiser (new car: Eliana) – the new car will have the suspension attached directly to a carbon fiber monocoque.

Previously, PrISUm participated in the WSC 17 Cruiser class; came 3rd at ASC 14; won FSGP 15; came 7th at ASC 16; and came 5th in the FSGP 18 Cruiser class.


photo: Anthony Dekker (click image to zoom – OLD PIC)

11  US  Northwestern 

Challenger (new car: SC8) – they are building a new car for ASC. I don’t know anything about the design.

Previously, Northwestern came 16th at FSGP 16; came 12th at FSGP 17; and came 10th at FSGP 19.


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13  US  Michigan State 

Two-seat cruiser (Aurora) – they are improving their car after having battery problems at FSGP 19.

Previously, Mich St came equal 15th at FSGP 17.


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16  US  Stanford Solar Car Project 

Monohull challenger (Black Mamba) – they have a unique asymmetric bullet car with glass-free single junction GaAs solar panels, which they raced at WSC 19. Sadly, they had a serious battery fire during that event. They are a late addition to the ASC field.

Previously, Stanford came 4th at WSC 13; came 6th at WSC 15; came 9th at WSC 17; and came 26th at WSC 19.

 
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17  US  Illinois State 

Symmetric challenger (Mercury 6) – I believe that they are returning with their existing car.

Previously, Illinois St came equal 16th at FSGP 14; came 3rd at FSGP 15; came 11th at ASC 16; came 5th at FSGP 17; came 12th at FSGP 18; came 7th at FSGP 19; and came 13th at Abu Dhabi 15.


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22  US  University of Illinois (Illini) 

Challenger (new car) – I understand that they are replacing the Argo that they raced before. I don’t know anything about the design of the new car.

Previously, Illini participated in the WSC 17 Adventure class; came 7th at ASC 18; and came 4th at FSGP 19.


photo: Anthony Dekker (click image to zoom – OLD PIC)

24  CA  Waterloo (Midnight Sun) 

Four-seat cruiser (new car: MS XIV) – they are replacing their MS XII by a new four-seater, which they hope to unveil in April. They are proud of their design, which has a drag coefficient below 0.15. They decided not to have a car called MS XIII.

Previously, Waterloo came 4th in the ASC 18 Cruiser class and came 3rd in the FSGP 19 Cruiser class.

 
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26  CA  University of British Columbia 

Symmetric challenger (new car) – they are building a new car. They attended FSGP 19 as guests.


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30  US  Western Michigan (Sunseeker) 

Asymmetric challenger (new car) – they are building a new car to replace Farasi.

Previously, W Mich came 7th at ASC 14; came 14th at FSGP 17; came 9th at ASC 18; and came 5th at FSGP 19. Their team number (30) is a temporary replacement for their usual number (786 – the sequence of digits for S-U-N on old phones), to recognize the 30th anniversary of the team’s first race in 1990.


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32  US  Principia Solar Car Team 

Asymmetric challenger (new car: Ra XI) – it is great to see this team returning, after skipping 2018.

Previously, Principia came 17th at WSC 15; participated at WSC 17; came 5th at ASC 14; came 5th at FSGP 15; came 5th at ASC 16; came 13th at FSGP 17; came 2nd at FSGP 19; and came 6th at Abu Dhabi 15.


photo: Anthony Dekker (click image to zoom – OLD PIC)

35  US  University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project 

Four-seat cruiser (new car: Freya I) – they are building a new car, but raced their old car at WSC 19.

Previously, Minnesota came 4th in the WSC 13 Cruiser class; came 5th in the WSC 15 Cruiser class; participated in the WSC 17 Cruiser class; came 5th in the WSC 19 Cruiser class; came 2nd at ASC 14; came equal 10th at ASC 16; and came equal 2nd in the ASC 18 Cruiser class. Their team number (35) is derived from the Interstate 35 highway.

 
Left: credit / Right: Anthony Dekker (click images to zoom – OLD PICS)

42  US  Missouri S&T 

Asymmetric challenger (Independence) – they are returning with their most recent car.

Previously, Missouri S&T came 7th at FSGP 14; came 4th at FSGP 15; came 4th at ASC 16; and came 8th at FSGP 17.


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49  US  Georgia Tech 

Monohull challenger (Endurance) – they raced this car at FSGP 19.

Previously, Ga Tech came 13th at FSGP 15; came 17th at FSGP 16; came 6th at FSGP 17; came 8th at ASC 18; and came 9th at FSGP 19. Their team number (49) is taken from STS-49, the maiden flight of the space shuttle Endeavour (which was the name of their first car).

 
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55  CA  Poly Montreal (Esteban) 

Two-seat cruiser (new car: Esteban 10) – they are replacing the zippy little car they raced at ASC 18 and FSGP 19.

Previously, Esteban came 4th at ASC 14; came 2nd at FSGP 15; came equal 10th at ASC 16; came 3rd at FSGP 17; came 4th at ASC 18; and won FSGP 19. Their team number (55) is the year that Western Electric began to sell licenses for silicon PV technology.


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65  CA  University of Calgary 

Two-seat cruiser (Schulich Elysia) – I understand that they are returning with the car that won the Cruiser class at FSGP 19.

Previously, Calgary came 8th in the WSC 13 Cruiser class; came 9th at FSGP 15; and won the FSGP 19 Cruiser class.

 
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66  US  Rutgers University 

Asymmetric challenger – they seem to have been given Stanford’s 2015 car for FSGP 19 (where they failed scrutineering). They are quite far behind on compulsory ASC documentation, suggesting that they are in some degree of trouble.


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77  US  Hypernova (George Mason) 

Cruiser (new team) – they plan on 3D printing their car body, in spite of being advised against it. They are quite far behind on compulsory ASC documentation, suggesting that they are in some degree of trouble. Their team number (77) is normally used by Toronto (Blue Sky).


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86  US  New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) 

Symmetric challenger (Eleos) – their car appears to be the one they began building for ASC 2018, based on the body moulds for CalSol’s Zephyr. They failed scrutineering at FSGP 19.


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95  TW  Kaohsiung / Apollo 

Cruiser (new car: Apollo IX) – they have been building a new car for some time, but I haven’t seen a complete car yet.

Previously, Apollo came 6th in the WSC 13 Cruiser class; participated in the WSC 17 Cruiser class; and came 9th at Abu Dhabi 15.


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96  CA  Western University (Sunstang) 

Two-seat cruiser (new car) – they are building a new car for this event.

Previously, Sunstang came 14th at FSGP 15 and came equal 15th at FSGP 17.


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99  US  North Carolina State University (SolarPack) 

Four-seat cruiser – they failed scrutineering at FSGP 19. They are returning with the same car and are feeling very positive. They are quite far behind on compulsory ASC documentation, suggesting that they are in some degree of trouble.


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101  CA  ETS Quebec (Eclipse) 

Asymmetric challenger (Éclipse X.1) – they raced in Australia as number 92, finishing 2nd among North American teams.

Previously, Eclipse came 18th at WSC 13; came 9th at WSC 19; came 10th at ASC 14; came 8th at ASC 16; came 4th at FSGP 17; and came 3rd at ASC 18.

 
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406  US  Bridger Solar Team (Montana State University) 

Monohull challenger (new car) – KBZK Bozeman News has been telling their story.


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420  US  Southern California Solar Car Team 

Symmetric challenger (new car: Traveler 1) – this team has been fund-raising for a while, but does not yet seem to have a car.


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616  US  Grand Valley State 

Symmetric challenger (new team) – they appear to have gotten started by being given Poly Montreal’s Esteban 8.


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777  PL  PUT Solar Dynamics (Poznań University of Technology) 

Two-seat cruiser (new team) – they are making good progress on construction. They had originally hoped to race at WSC 19.

 
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785  US  KU Solar Car 

Monohull challenger (new team) – they are raising funds for construction. The render they have posted seems to show a monohull design. They are quite far behind on compulsory ASC documentation, suggesting that they are in some degree of trouble.


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787  PR  Solar Car UPRM  

Symmetric challenger (new car) – they will be returning with a whole new car.

Previously, UPRM came equal 16th at FSGP 14; came 12th at FSGP 15; came 11th at FSGP 17; and came 6th at FSGP 19. Their team number (787) is the main telephone area code for Puerto Rico.


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828  US  Appalachian State University (Sunergy) 

Two-seat cruiser (ROSE) – they had been planning to race at WSC 19, but ran into logistics problems. They are making several improvements to the car for ASC 20.

Previously, AppState came 6th at ASC 16; came 2nd at FSGP 17; and came equal 2nd in the ASC 18 Cruiser class. Their team number (828) is the telephone area code for western North Carolina.

 
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This page last updated 22:26 on 15 December 2019 AEDT.