Formula Sun Grand Prix

Ages:Undergraduate, Graduate

Type:Performance

Categories:energy, engineering, STEM

Scope:International

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

http://americansolarchallenge.org/about/formula-sun-grand-prix/

The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered vehicles in a 3-day road-course track event. Each day, teams are given an 8-hour driving period each day (24 hours total driving time during the event) to complete as many laps as possible. Teams can enter either Single-Occupant Vehicle (SOV) class or the Multi-Occupant Vehicle (MOV) class. SOV entries get credit for passengers being in the vehicle while completing laps. All vehicles must meet a detailed set of regulations and pass a series of inspections. Those teams that demonstrate their roadworthiness during the Formula Sun Grand Prix are then qualified to participate in the American Solar Challenge (road event).

Collegiate student teams design, build, and then race vehicles powered by the sun. Teams register for the event and complete a series of pre-event reports and other submissions. Upon arrival at the event, all teams and their solar vehicles go through a scrutineering process – a series of inspections of mechanical systems, electrical systems, dynamic testing, etc. Upon passing scrutineering, teams are allowed to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, where the teams aim to complete as many laps as possible on solar power. To win, teams need to successfully build a solar powered vehicle that meets the regulations, is energy efficient, and is reliable. Top teams tend to build several months of testing into their project management schedule ahead of the competition, which allows them to further develop their energy management strategy and for their drivers and support team members to gain valuable experience. During the event, teams will make decisions based on weather and energy management strategies to complete as many laps as possible on the road course track.

All teams that wish to enter a solar car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) must ensure that car complies with all event regulations. Before any solar car is allowed to race, it must first pass a series of rigorous technical inspections called Scrutineering. See the competition's website for full regulations.
Formula Sun Grand Prix Participation

Team Award.

This award recognizes all students participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. Add this award to your profile to gain ICS badge points and recognition if you competed on a Formula Sun Grand Prix team.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 1st Place

Team Award.

Fastest overall time at the Formula Sun Grand Prix race.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 2nd Place

Team Award.

Second overall fastest time at the Formula Sun Grand Prix race.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 3rd Place

Team Award.

Third overall fastest time in the Formula Sun Grand Prix for single occupant vehicles.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 1st Place

Team Award.

Fastest overall time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the formula sun grand prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 2nd Place

Team Award.

Second overall fastest time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 3rd Place

Team Award.

Third overall fastest time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Fastest Lap

Team Award.

Fastest Lap during the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar car race.

Website: http://americansolarchallenge.org/about/formula-sun-grand-prix/

Managing Organization: Innovators Educational Foundation

Contact:

ascinfo@americansolarchallenge.org

Entry Fee: $5750

Eligibility:
The Event is open to institutions of higher education (university/college level). Teams from universities all around the world bring their cars to compete in these challenging events. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered vehicles in a 3-day road-course track event. Each day, teams are given an 8-hour driving period each day (24 hours total driving time during the event) to complete as many laps as possible. Teams can enter either Single-Occupant Vehicle (SOV) class or the Multi-Occupant Vehicle (MOV) class. SOV entries get credit for passengers being in the vehicle while completing laps. All vehicles must meet a detailed set of regulations and pass a series of inspections. Those teams that demonstrate their roadworthiness during the Formula Sun Grand Prix are then qualified to participate in the American Solar Challenge (road event).

Process

Collegiate student teams design, build, and then race vehicles powered by the sun. Teams register for the event and complete a series of pre-event reports and other submissions. Upon arrival at the event, all teams and their solar vehicles go through a scrutineering process – a series of inspections of mechanical systems, electrical systems, dynamic testing, etc. Upon passing scrutineering, teams are allowed to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, where the teams aim to complete as many laps as possible on solar power. To win, teams need to successfully build a solar powered vehicle that meets the regulations, is energy efficient, and is reliable. Top teams tend to build several months of testing into their project management schedule ahead of the competition, which allows them to further develop their energy management strategy and for their drivers and support team members to gain valuable experience. During the event, teams will make decisions based on weather and energy management strategies to complete as many laps as possible on the road course track.

Criteria

All teams that wish to enter a solar car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) must ensure that car complies with all event regulations. Before any solar car is allowed to race, it must first pass a series of rigorous technical inspections called Scrutineering. See the competition's website for full regulations.

Awards

Formula Sun Grand Prix Participation

Team Award.

This award recognizes all students participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. Add this award to your profile to gain ICS badge points and recognition if you competed on a Formula Sun Grand Prix team.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 1st Place

Team Award.

Fastest overall time at the Formula Sun Grand Prix race.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 2nd Place

Team Award.

Second overall fastest time at the Formula Sun Grand Prix race.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Single-Occupant Vehicle 3rd Place

Team Award.

Third overall fastest time in the Formula Sun Grand Prix for single occupant vehicles.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 1st Place

Team Award.

Fastest overall time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the formula sun grand prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 2nd Place

Team Award.

Second overall fastest time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Multi-Occupant Vehicle 3rd Place

Team Award.

Third overall fastest time in a multi-occupant vehicle at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Formula Sun Grand Prix Fastest Lap

Team Award.

Fastest Lap during the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar car race.

Participate

Website: http://americansolarchallenge.org/about/formula-sun-grand-prix/

Managing Organization: Innovators Educational Foundation

Contact:

ascinfo@americansolarchallenge.org

Entry Fee: 5750

Eligibility:
The Event is open to institutions of higher education (university/college level). Teams from universities all around the world bring their cars to compete in these challenging events. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.