WEST LAFAYATTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some Purdue students took to the track Wednesday afternoon to test out their latest Grand Prix kart.
Seniors taking a Mechanical Engineering Design class built a two speed manual transmission for next year's Purdue Grand Prix.
Due to the rain, they couldn't get an accurate read on the kart's top speed, but the students expect this one will go faster and be more efficient than other karts at next year's big race.
Team leader Tyler Mantel says he was excited to finally test it out.
"It's a lot of work putting together a kart in an entire school year and try to get it ready for the Grand Prix, so putting it together just this summer was an outrageous amount of work," said Mantel.
The project cost $1,500 to complete.
Mantel says the next challenge will be to find a new driver for Grand Prix because he's set to graduate this weekend.
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