Dear Solar Enthusiasts,
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Remember our coverage on Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011 between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia? Here, in North America, we will have our very own solar car race soon, the American Solar Challenge, from July 14-21, 2012. The event will take student teams and their solar cars from Rochester, NY, to St. Paul, MN. This is a competition for student teams to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars that will race through 1,650 mile course through multiple cities (in NY-PA-OH-MI-IL-WI-MN) across the United States. All teams (18 teams have registered and 16 teams are planning to compete in both Formula Sun Grand Prix-July 10-12, 2012 and the American Solar Challenge-July 14-21, 2012) have to go through three days (July 7-9, 2012) of careful scrutineering process in Monticello, NY, at the Monticello Raceway, where each and every solar car is inspected from electrical and mechanical engineering adherence (such as body and sizing) to safety regulations and dynamic testing (consisting of a slalom course followed by a breaking test where each driver must demonstrate that he/she can come to a complete and controlled stop, under wet driving conditions, within a time limit) before the solar car will be allowed to enter the track. This is a very friendly competition, so occasionally some teams are given additional shot at the braking qualifier. The purpose and emphasis of the scrutineering process is in safety and adherence to regulation. Then Scrutineering will be followed by three days of track racing, the Formula Sun Grand Prix portion of the event. On July 13, 2012, solar car teams will travel to Rochester, NY, to be displayed and to prepare for the start of the cross-country rally, The American Solar Challenge. On July 14, solar car teams will leave on the start of the race at 9:00AM at one minute interval.
Day I (July 14, 2012): Rochester, NY———>Erie, PA
Day II (July 15, 2012): Erie, PA—————–>Mansfield, OH
Day III (July 16, 2012):Mansfield, OH———->Ann Arbor, MI
Day IV (July 17, 2012):Ann Arbor, MI——–>Kalamazoo, MI
Day V (July 18, 2012): Kalamazoo, MI——–>Normal, IL
Day VI (July 19, 2012): Normal, IL————->Verona, WI
Day VII (July 20, 2012): Verona, WI————>LaCrosse, WI
Day VIII (July 21, 2012): LaCrosse, WI———->St. Paul, MN
The American Solar Challenge race will finish at the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN, on July 21, 2012.
Below, please allow me to share a clip of ASC 2012 (American Solar Challenge 2012):
Take a look at the team photos of this year’s American Solar Challenge solar race teams (University of MI, University of KY, MIT, IL State University, IA State University, Northwestern University, MI State University, Western MI University, State University of NY-New Paltz, Principia College, University of MN, Georgia Institute of Technology, Polytechnique Montreal, University of CA-Berkeley, OR State University, University of NM) . So far, we’ve received reporting of Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team has withdrawn from the 2012 American Solar Challenge due to insufficient time in completing the vehicle before the race starts (July 14, 2012) in Rochester, NY. “The team, which consists of a large percentage of new student members, was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and thus the design and fabrication took longer than anticipated,” says Dr. Roger A. LaBoube, director of S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. “I’m sure our team will take what we learned during this process in preparation for the next big race.” It is true that experience really matters and we wish Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team the best next time. Let this also be a lesson for all potential future entering teams: please allot a great deal of safety factor in terms of preparation time because these are complicated designs and it will always take more time than one anticipates.
Here are some links/video clips that may be of interest to you: American Solar Challenge 2012 official site, past American Solar Challenge 2010, Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, below:
- American Solar Challenge 2012
- American Solar Challenge 2010
- Stanford Solar Car: American Solar Challenge Part One
- University of Minnesota’s Solar Car Crosses the Finish Line: American Solar Challenge 2010
- Quantum-U of MI, USA, One of Top Three World Solar Challenge 2011 Winners
- Wrapping Up Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011
More coverage of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2012-July 10-12, 2012 and American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012-July 14-21, 2012 will unfold in future posts. Until then, I wish all of these teams…..
~bright and sunny days during the complete course of the race~
Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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