Electrek American Solar Challenge 2024

See America By National Historic Trail at the Electrek American Solar Challenge 2024!

In partnership with the National Trails System, solar cars will cross Southern, Midwest, and Great Plains states by National Historic Trail stopping at various landmarks and historic sites along the way!

Schedule Overview

  • Scrutineering and FSGP
    • Load In: Friday July 12th
    • Scrutineering: Saturday July 13th to Monday July 15th
    • Electrek Formula Sun Grand Prix: Tuesday July 16th to Thursday July 18th
  • Electrek American Solar Challenge
    • Display Day & MOV Practicality Judging: Friday July 19th
    • ASC Start: Saturday July 20th
    • ASC Finish: Saturday July 27th

FSGP (ASC Qualifier) Info

The Electrek Formula Sun Grand Prix 2024 and scrutineering will take place at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky using the 3.15 mile Grand Full Course. This will be the first time FSGP is hosted at NCM Motorsports Park.

Public Attendance

The Electrek FSGP 2024 is open to the public and free to attend for all three days when solar cars are on the track. The public is invited to watch the action on the track and see the solar cars up close on July 16-18th! Solar cars will be on the track from 10-6 on Tuesday the 16th and 9-5 on the 17th & 18th.

Garages

The full garage bay along the front straight will be used for the event. We anticipate 17-19 of these being available as team garages. These will be allocated based on registration status, the first teams to achieve all green status will be allocated garages first until they fill up. At that point teams who achieve all green will be added to a wait list. There are additional private garages at the track which may become available closer to the event for teams on the wait list.

Camping at the Track

IEF has bought out the onsite tent camping facilities to make free on-site camping available to all registered teams. No reservations are required, sites will be available first come, first served. Shower facilities are also available on site with 24 hour access for teams (all teams will have 24 hour access whether they stay on-site or off-site).

RV & Electrical Spots

For teams who would like an RV spot or an electrical hookup, both 30A and 50A spaces are available. These spaces can be rented directly from the track on their website.

Altair Challenge

During Scrutineering and FSGP Altair will be hosting the Altair Challenge on July 15-17. Participating teams will have the opportunity to compete in an Engineering Challenge using Altair’s tools. A Grand Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning team as well as smaller prizes and giveaways for participants. Learn more on the Altair website.


ASC Info

“See America By National Historic Trail” in 2024! In Partnership with the National Park Service, the solar cars will follow 7 National Historic Trails on the route. More details coming soon!

Display Day

Display Day will be held on Friday, July 19th at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN. The solar cars will be on display for the public to see up close and talk to the teams before they set out on the challenge. Exact timing of display day will be announced at a later date.

MOV Practicality Judging

MOV Practicality Judging will take place during Display Day and will be open for the public to view.

Route

Learn More about the 2024 Route Stops and National Historic Trails | Download Route Flyer

ASC 2024 will once again be a 8 day, 4 stage competition. The stops locations and dates are listed below in the schedule. The route is currently available in the following formats:

Reminder: The Official Route Book will be the source of truth. Other sources are provided for reference. Every effort is made to ensure they are correct, however in the case of dependencies the route book takes precedence.

Schedule

Schedule Note: The times listed below are the the times the locations are official open. The checkpoint will open at the earliest possible time a team could arrive, in most cases few or no teams will arrive within the first hour or two of the open time – especially if there is poor weather or traffic conditions. Most teams will arrive later in this window. Those wishing to see solar cars should plan to visit the stop locations later in their opening window. More info and a live tracker will be made available for planning purposes.

  • Stage 1:
    • July 20th – 9am Start: Adventure Science Center; Nashville, TN
    • July 20th – 12:15-4:15pm Checkpoint: Downtown Paducah Farmers Market; Paducah, KY
    • July 21st – 10:45am-6pm Finish: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL
      • Solar Cars will be on-site until 8pm for evening charging
  • Stage 2:
    • July 22nd – 9am Start: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL
    • July 22nd – 12:15-4pm Checkpoint: Missouri State Capitol; Jefferson City, MO
    • July 23rd – 9:15am-2:15pm Checkpoint: Uptown Farmers Market; Independence, MO
    • July 23rd – 11:45am-6pm Finish: Pony Express National Museum; St. Joseph, MO
      • Solar Cars will be on-site until 8pm for evening charging
  • Stage 3:
    • July 24th – 9am Start: Pony Express National Museum; St. Joseph, MO
    • July 24th – 11:15am-3pm Checkpoint: Homestead National Historical Park; Beatrice, NE
    • July 25th – 9:15am-2:30pm Checkpoint: Kearney Archway; Kearney, NE
    • July 26th – 8:30am-5pm Finish: Scotts Bluff National Monument; Gering, NE
      • Solar Cars will be on-site until 8pm for evening charging
  • Stage 4:
    • July 27th – 8am Start: Scotts Bluff National Monument; Gering, NE
    • July 27th – 11:15am-4pm Finish Line: National Historic Trails Interpretive Center; Casper, WY
      • Solar Cars will be on display all afternoon

All Times Local (Central Time for Nashville to Kearney. Mountain Time for Gering to Casper)