About the Solar Car Challenge

The Solar Car Challenge began in 1993 as a high school extra curricular program named the "Winston Solar Challenge." The program's popularity has since grown rapidly and become its own non-profit entity. More than 65 schools in 20 states now take part in the Solar Car Challenge. Top teachers from across the country have put their minds together to make the Solar Car Challenge one of the most engaging and motivating high school science programs in existence today.

The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy. Students learn how to design, engineer, build, and race roadworthy solar cars. Workshops, curriculum materials, and on-site visits help support the teams. The end product of each education cycle is the Solar Car Challenge: a closed-track event at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway, or a cross country event designed to give students an opportunity to show the country the product of their efforts.

The Solar Car Challenge is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation.

Teams participating in the Solar Car Challenge (larger map):

Green: Current/Active Teams | Red: Inactive Teams | Yellow: Teams Forming or Building Cars

Event History

  • 1995 A cross country event circling Dallas County
  • 1997 A 600-mile cross country event from Dallas, TX to San Antonio, TX
  • 1998 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 1999 A 1600-mile cross country event from Dallas, TX to Los Angeles, CA
  • 2000 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2001 A 1400-mile cross country event from Round Rock, TX to Columbus, IN
  • 2002 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2003 A 1600-mile cross country event from Round Rock, TX to Cocoa, FL
  • 2004 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2005 A 1600-mile cross country event from Round Rock, TX to Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2007 A 2020-mile cross country event from Round Rock, TX to Newburgh, NY
  • 2008 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2009 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2010 A cross country event from Fort Worth, TX to Boulder, CO
  • 2011 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2012 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2013 A cross country event from Fort Worth, TX to Los Angeles, CA
  • 2014 Hybrid Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway and a cross country event from Fort Worth, TX to Austin, TX

Upcoming Events

  • 2015 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway

Sponsorship
  • Opening Letter of Sponsorship (DOC, PDF)
  • General Proposal (DOC, PDF)
  • History of Solar Car Racing (DOC, PDF)
  • 2011 Solar Car Challenge Budget (DOC, PDF)
  • Sponsorship Levels (DOC, PDF)
Please contact us if your organization would like to sponsor the Solar Car Challenge. Individuals can also contribute to the Solar Car Challenge! Every donation allows us to expand the reach of the program to more high school students, building their interest in science, engineering, and renewable energy. Please use the Razoo widget on the right to donate. Thanks for your support!

CONTACT:
Dr. Lehman Marks
Event Coordinator
Solar Car Challenge
3505 Cassidy Drive, Plano, TX 75023
phone: 214.587.8489
email: LehmanM743@AOL.com