Electric karts to run in third Purdue evGrandPrix

April 23, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Teams from Purdue, Ivy Tech and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will compete in the third Purdue Electric Vehicle Grand Prix on Saturday (April 28).

The evGrandPrix will begin at 1 p.m. on the Purdue University Grand Prix track northwest of campus. The Purdue event will be a prelude to the second Purdue Collegiate evGrandPrix, which will be run May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At Purdue, 20-25 karts are expected to race 100 laps. All of the teams will be eligible to compete in the May 12 event.

The evGrandPrix is an outgrowth of the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVtec), which is developing degree and training programs for the electric-vehicle industry. Some of the karts are built as part of class work developed through I-AEVtec.

At Purdue, the karts will compete in race performance and energy efficiency.

The evGrandPrix is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at Ross-Ade Stadium. Shuttle buses will run to the track beginning at 11 a.m.

More information on the evGrandPrix is available at http://www.evgrandprix.org

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu  

Sources: Steven Dunlop, I-AEVtec managing director, 765-494-7800, dunlops@purdue.edu

                 Danny White, motor sports outreach specialist, white66@purdue.edu