Plans for 2020 are underway! We are preparing for both the next Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge for July 2020. Get ready to blaze another trail westward! The American Solar Challenge will be in partnership with the National Park Service, with the 2020 route following the Oregon Trail from Independence, MO to Boise, ID.
2020 will also mark a milestone celebration – the 30th anniversary of collegiate solar car raycing in the US! The American Solar Challenge event as we know it today began with GM Sunrayce USA in 1990. While the event format, name, and vehicle classes have evolved through the years, the event continues to challenge university teams to design and build a solar powered vehicle and show the capabilities of that vehicle through experiential learning events.
Current Schedule of Events:
- July 10-13: Scrutineering (inspections of solar cars)
- July 14-16: Formula Sun Grand Prix (track event & qualifier)
- July 17: Display Day (transition to ASC, meetings, etc)
- July 18-25: American Solar Challenge (Independence, MO to Boise, ID)
Track Location – Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS will be the location for scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix 2020. The facility features a 2.5 mile road course track and is conveniently located 90 minutes from Independence, making for an easy transition to the American Solar Challenge display day and start line. Heartland Park was the location of the very first FSGP held in 2000, and we are excited to bring the solar cars back to Topeka for 2020.