Inside Irvine has an article about the Solar Decathlon and XPO at the Orange County Great Park. Select this link to access the on-line magazine. See page 5 for descriptions of each of the 20 Universities competing in this event.
The UCI summer program Introduction to Racecar Engineering ended Saturday, August 3 with a Track Day. Select this link to see slideshows of the activities.
Formula Sun racers are designed for gran-prix style road racing, so are not normally time trial vehicles. However, the California Challenge course has been designed to accommodate the vehicles, and the Formula Sun racers with access to free solar energy have a natural advantage in this competition.
The energy time trial format of the California Challenge allows comparison of the Formula Sun vehicles to FSAE Electric and even Electrathon racers. The Formula Sun vehicles are heavier road worthy vehicles and will generally be in the over 250 kg class.
Electrathon race teams from across the United States are invited to Southern California to join the California Challenge. The race format is designed to provide an excellent racing experience for Electraton teams.
This energy efficiency time trial allows not only comparison of the team performance between Electrathon racers but between other types of race cars as well, including FSAE Electric and Formula Sun.
The light weight and electric power of the Electrathon vehicles provide a natural advantage in the under 250 kg category.