University of Kentucky Solar Car Team

Race History

ASC (American Solar Challenge): A cross-country race that is now held every other year during the summer of each even year. Each team races through multiple stages from city to city. The team with shortest total time from the starting stage to the finishing stage, including penalties, is the winner.

Qualification: Each team must complete a on-track, distance requirement specific to the track. In 2021, the car had to either complete 82 laps in a single day, or 124 within two consecutive days. The starting positions for this race are determined by the total distance each team achieved at FSGP.

FSGP (Formula Sun Grand Prix): A three-day track race held every year. The team that completes the most laps during the allotted race time (usually 24 hours, 8 hours a day for 3 days) is the winner. During the even years, FSGP serves as a qualifying race for ASC. To compete in ASC, you must complete a certain number of laps as determined by the race officials. The number of laps you complete determines your starting position for ASC.

Scruitneering: The rigorous, three-day testing each solar car must complete in order to race on track at FSGP. All components of the cars are checked for safety and performance. The order in which teams pass scrutineering determines the starting order for FSGP.

NASC: North American Solar Challenge. Same race as the American Solar Challenge.

Vist the ASC and FSGP webpage at!

Example: In 2021, 12 teams entered to race in FSGP 2021. Gato VI passed scrutineering first (achieving pole position to start) and finished FSGP in 1st. 9 cars qualified to race in ASC, Gato VI started out front in first, and finished 2nd overall in ASC 2021.

Year Car Race Results
2021 Gato VI FSGP 2021 1st of 12
  Gato VI ASC 2021 2nd of 9
2019 Gato VI FSGP 2019 3rd of 13
2018 Gato VI FSGP 2018 DNQ
2017 Gato V FSGP 2017 7th of 17
2016 Gato V FSGP 2016 14th of 17
  Gato V ASC 2016 Provisionally Qualified
2015 Gato V FSGP 2015 10th of 14
2014 Gato V FSGP 2014 14th of 17
2012 Gato IV FSGP 2012 14th of 16
  Gato IV ASC 2012 DNQ
2011 Gato IV FSGP 2011 5th of 11
2010 Gato IV FSGP 2010 13th of 14
  Gato IV ASC 2010 9th of 13
2009 Gato III FSGP 2009 2nd of 9
2008 Gato III NASC 2008 11th of 14
2005 Gato II NASC 2005 Pass Scrut. DNQ for race.
2004 Gato I FSGP 2004 2nd in stock class
2003 Gato I ASC 2003 Pass Scrut. DNQ for race.