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.

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.

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

Scrut: Scrutineering. The rigorous, three-day testing each solar car must complete. All components of the cars are checked for safety and performance. Each car MUST pass all sections of scrutineering to race. The order in which teams pass scrutineering determines the starting order for FSGP.

Vist the ASC and FSGP webpage at americansolarchallenge.org!

Example: In 2010, 16 teams entered to race in FSGP. Gato IV passed scrutineering and finished FSGP 12th. 12 cars qualified to race in ASC, and with Gato IV starting 12th, the team finished 9th.

Year Car Race Results
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.