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American Solar Challenge

American Solar Challenge is a competition for student teams to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars that race on a 1500- to 2000-mile cross country course through multiple cities in the United States. Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink products for mathematical modeling, control systems, and physical modeling enables teams to efficiently prototype, build, test, and optimize their solar race cars.

Complimentary Software

MathWorks provides complimentary software for this competition. If your team is participating in this competition and needs software, fill out the software request form.

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MATLAB and Simulink

Racing Lounge

Discover basics of MATLAB and Simulink and in-depth information on automotive development in this continuously evolving video series.

Training for Your Team

Interactive Online Training Courses

Learn by doing! Our 2-hour online courses provide a hands-on learning environment where you will interact with a web-based version of MATLAB and receive instant and contextual feedback.

Physical Modeling Training Videos

Get started modeling, simulating, and analyzing automotive systems with these free training materials.

Code Generation Training Videos

Learn how to convert MATLAB functions and Simulink models to C/C++ code.

Racing Lounge Blog

Learn more about best practices and teamwork for student competitions.

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Join the User Community on MATLAB Central

Submit files or ask questions about this competition.

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The Winner's Circle

See how students are winning competitions worldwide with MATLAB and Simulink.

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