Solar Car Challenge Event Update 2023-1
2023 Cross-Country Solar Car Race
Plans are moving forward with the 2023 Solar Car Challenge cross-country race from Fort Worth, Texas to Palmdale, California. Details for that driving event will be published after the January Specialty Workshop.
Crucial: Portions of this race course are flat, but several days of the racing event include rolling hills and mountains. Teams must complete their solar cars early so that you can practice driving under hilly conditions. Please remember, you can drive up steep hills for "road miles" or you can trailer the solar car at the bottom of the hill and unload the vehicle at the top of the hill for "no miles". Under the second option, you conserve your battery power for flat areas down the road. Knowledge of topography is crucial for racing cross-country. Teams must travel at a minimum of 20 mph or pull off the road.
Filing Intent to Race
Every school interested in the Solar Car Challenge should file an Intent-to-Race Form so they
can receive all SCC details and mailings. This in no way obligates your school to race! It just
opens the door for good communication. [Deadline: January 31, 2023]
Internships in the 2023 Solar Car Challenge
The Solar Car Challenge is now accepting applications to be an Intern in the 2023 Solar Car
January Workshop - Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th
We are hosting our largest in-person Workshop beginning with a Welcoming Reception on Friday evening, January 27th for teachers, team advisers, race judges, and staff. The main workshop begins January 28-29th at the DFW Marriott Hotel and Golf Course, 3300 Championship Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177. [Phone: 866-348-3984]. Registration is required for the Workshop at:
[Workshop Agenda attached]
Registration & Racing Fees
The Registration Fee for a cross-country race is $2,000 and must be included with your official registration documents filed no later than March 1, 2023. The Racing Fee, initiated in 2021, will continue in 2023. This fee makes it possible for teams to use the Texas Motor Speedway during the three days of Scrutineering, and for racing cross-country. The racing fee is $1,000 and must be included with your official registration documents filed no later than March 1, 2023.
Race Rule 3.8
Race Rule 3.8 requires that the design and construction of the solar car be initiated and completed by students. Race Officials will be specifically looking at the required team scrapbook to show that the students were the driving force behind the design, engineering, construction, and testing of the solar car. Team advisers should not directly participate in the actual design & construction; their role should be as a facilitator to make it possible for students to fulfill their ideas.
January Workshop Agenda.docx