North American Solar Challenge


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North American Solar Challenge

July
A biannual competition in which participants design, build, and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. The cars entered in the race (called "rayce" due to the solar-powered vehicles used) are designed and built by teams of engineering students from about 20 American and Canadian universities. The purpose of the event is "to promote and celebrate educational excellence and engineering creativity."
Originally begun as Sunrayce USA in 1990 and organized by General Motors, the race was renamed the American Solar Challenge in 2001 and the North American Solar Challenge in 2005. When the Department of Energy withdrew its support, the 2007 race was cancelled. The event is now sponsored by Toyota and the Crowder College MARET Center. The 2008 race will run some 2,500 miles from Dallas, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, while the previous race, in 2005, went from Chicago to Los Angeles. While on the road, each solar-powered car is accompanied by a safety vehicle sporting rooftop hazard flashers; each solar caravan is accompanied by an official observer to keep contestants apprised of possible road problems ahead. The North American Solar Challenge is the longest solar-powered car race in the world.
CONTACTS:
North American Solar Challenge
601 Laclede Ave.
Neosho, MO 64850
417-455-5666; fax: 417-455-5669
www.americansolarchallenge.org
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According to Don Eberle, the director of the North American Solar Challenge, the competition is somewhat behind its normal schedule because of changes that involve both funding and organization.
To qualify for the North American Solar Challenge, a team's solar-powered car must travel a minimum of 200 miles in eight hours, Eberle said.
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