North American Solar Challenge 2005

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The 2005 North American Solar Challenge was notably the first solar car race to cross an international border. The event started in the United States and ended in Canada. The 11 day event was also one of the closest results in ASC History, less than 12 minutes separated 1st and 2nd place in the Open Class.


The NASC 2005 route was a 4 stage event. Two one day stages at the start/end and two longer stages in the middle.

  • Stage 1:
    • July 17: Stage Start in Austin, TX
    • July 17: Stage Finish in Weatherford, TX
  • Stage 2:
    • July 18: Stage Start in Weatherford, TX
    • July 18-19: Checkpoint in Broken Arrow, OK
    • July 19-20: Checkpoint in Topeka, KS
    • July 19-20: Checkpoint in Omaha, NE
    • July 20-21: Checkpoint in Sioux Falls, SD
    • July 20-22: Checkpoint in Fargo, ND
    • July 21-23: Stage Stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Stage 3:
    • July 24: Stage Start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    • July 24: Checkpoint in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
    • July 24-25: Checkpoint in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • July 25-26: Stage Stop in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Stage 4:
    • July 27: Stage Start in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
    • July 27: Stage Stop / Finish Line in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


NASC 2005 had two vehicle classes, Open and Stock. Teams were ranked based on total elapsed time to complete the event. For teams that did not finish, they are ranked by miles completed.

RankCar #TeamClassTimeMiles
12University of MichiganOpen53:59:432494.9
235University of MinnesotaOpen54:11:352494.9
36Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyOpen56:34:432494.9
442University of Missouri – RollaOpen57:20:112494.9
524University of WaterlooOpen57:44:592494.9
6786Western Michigan UniversityOpen63:04:472494.9
732Principia CollegeOpen65:26:002494.9
843University of Missouri – ColumbiaOpen66:09:072494.9
916Stanford UniversityStock68:00:042494.9
119Iowa State UniversityStock71:30:502494.9
127Auburn UniversityStock73:15:362494.9
1365University of CalgaryOpen73:55:132494.9
1428Kansas State UniversityOpen87:33:242494.9
15100Queen’s UniversityOpen112:22:591727.35
1695Red River CollegeStock116:52:331570.4
17116McMaster UniversityStock134:23:50798.85
1888Illinois State UniversityStock138:02:54662.75
273University of North DakotaDemo