The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country race, covering a 1200-1500 mile course. The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track event that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses, testing the limits of solar cars in handling curves, braking and acceleration.
Illinois State's Team Mercury competes annually in the race with other teams from across the country, as well as some international teams. To find out more information about the upcoming race, check for announcements on the official site of the American Solar Challenge.
The 2012 race ran from New York to Minnesota with a total of 16 cars competing to finish first. Cars made a two day pit stop in Normal, IL on the campus of Illinois State University. CeMaST organized activities at the pit stop to make it a family friendly place to wait for the solar cars.
The 2010 race ran from Tulsa to Chicago, with a final pit stop at Illinois State before the finish in Naperville.