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This summer the solar vehicle team will once again be competing in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) and Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP). The FSGP is a three day track race against universities from around the country and serves as the qualifier for the biannual American Solar Challenge, an eight day road race from Austin, TX to Minneapolis, MN purely on solar power!
The solar vehicle team first competed in the 2008 American Solar Challenge and again in 2012, taking sixth out of seventeen teams, plus took home the “Spirit of the Rayce” award for being the embodiment of what the American Solar Challenge stands for: excellence in engineering, team work, and sportsmanship. Most recently, the team took first place at the 2013 FSGP and once again was awarded the “Spirit of the Rayce.”
The team consists of driven engineering students who are getting an incredible opportunity to apply their developing engineering, problem solving, and teamwork skills to an exciting project. The team has changed significantly within the last year as many of the senior team members have moved on from OSU, providing newer students the opportunity to get involved in the team’s leadership and experience solar car racing for the first time.
The team leaves for the race on Monday, July 7th to arrive to Austin on the 12th. Vehicle inspections begin on July 14th to ensure that all teams have road-worthy vehicles before the FSGP, which runs from July 17th through the 19th. After a day of rest and preparation, the ASC will start on July 21st in Austin and finish on the 28th in Minneapolis after more than 1700 miles of raycing. The team will return by August 2nd.