Go-kart fans: Don’t bother bringing your earplugs to this race.
On April 18, Purdue University will host the inaugural Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, or evGrandPrix--and the track is guaranteed to be quieter than it will be the following week, for the school’s traditional gasoline-powered event.
Fifteen teams of students are now putting final touches on karts that will be able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds—significantly faster than their gasoline-powered counterparts (but for safety reasons, they will be restricted to a top speed of 35). The vehicles will take about 100 laps in the race. Scoring will be based on a combination of race performance, energy efficiency, engineering design and community outreach.
Check out this video to see students building their e-go-karts.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com