Electric Racing for Students

evGrand Prix is a competitive electric go-kart race for high school and collegiate teams.

Students from all over the United States come to Purdue to compete in this prestigious and innovative electric karting championship. Participants build their own karts, tune the powertrain and chassis dynamics, and then put them to the test in an exciting race that displays their ingenuity and knowledge of electric vehicles.

In addition to the race, teams compete in an academic challenge to win the overall series championship.  High School teams create a STEM report, an Outreach video, and participate in Test & Tune events.  Collegiate teams develop a Design Report and compete on the energy efficiency of their vehicles.  All together, evGrand Prix provides a complete learning experience that develops essential professional skills that will launch students to the next phase of their careers.

Spring 2023 evGrand Prix Events

Week of April 10: HS Test & Tune 1 | Indianapolis, IN
April 14 & 15: Collegiate Race | Purdue Track
April 21: HS Test & Tune 2 | Kokomo, IN
May 1: High School Race | Purdue Track

For teachers and professors.

High School Teachers

Looking for a great STEM-focused project? evGrand Prix offers plenty of resources for teachers to easily organize and coach student teams.  The MSTEM3 initiative offers curriculums and labs for teachers to seamlessly introduce electric go-karts to their classroom!

College Professors & Staff

Most collegiate clubs and teams require a staff member to help sponsor the organization.  If you know students who would enjoy and benefit from a project like this or have been approached by students who would like to form a team, please reach out to evGrand Prix and consider getting involved.  Building racing go-karts is a fun club to sponsor!

Who can get involved?

High School Students

evGrand Prix has a separate race for high school and collegiate teams.  High school students should ask their physics or engineering teacher if they already participate in evGrand Prix electric go-kart racing.  If not, tell them you’re interested in making a team!

College Students

15+ colleges have participated in evGrand Prix since 2010.  See if your school already has a team in which you can join, or simply make your own team to race! Please get in touch through the sign up process and we can offer assistance with getting started. If you’re interested in electric vehicles and want to race, we will help you get there!

Detailed Documentation

Resources are provided to all teams in regards to racing rules, kart safety, technical specifications, and recommended component selection.  You may also find quick start guides, wiring diagrams, and design rubrics.

Technical Support

evGrand Prix provides detailed instructional videos on how to assemble and tune karts.  In addition, Purdue University hosts open seminars on different topics ranging from mechanical assembly to powertrain wiring.

Practice Events

The best way to prepare for evGrand Prix is to practice! Purdue hosts practice race events throughout the year which allow teams to put their designs and karts to the test.   Race against other teams to see how you do before the big event in May.

Both evGrand Prix high school and collegiate races

All evGrand Prix events will be

NFPA610 compliant

and adhere to all MSF standards, rules, and regulations.

are sanctioned by the

World Karting Association.

Safety is our Priority

How to get involved

Contact us and we’ll help you through every step of the process.

Purdue University Staff

evGrand Prix is ran by Purdue University staff through their Office of Engagement. Reach out to us and we’ll help you get a motorsports program started at your school!

Top Kart USA

Top Kart partnered with Purdue to provide a simple and affordable go-kart kit for new teams. They also organize and officiate the evGrand Prix races.

Electric Karting Series

Forum ran by Top Kart. Lots of race-specific and event information. Recommended to make an account and receive updates.