WEST LAFAYETE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University this weekend is hosting several electrifying races as part of the evGrand Prix championship.
High school and collegiate teams from all over the world build their own electric go-karts and put them to the test.
The collegiate races happened Thursday and Friday. University of Portland won the electric division and Kennesaw State won the autonomous division.
Andrew Morin, a freshman at Purdue, was one of the drivers. He says he was surprised by the horsepower and torque of his vehicle.
"I came out here, I was like, 'Oh, electric go-karts. We've all gone to the amusement park and they've got the little electric go-karts to go around at like, three miles per hour. You could probably walk a little faster.' ... First test session, I come out, I put my foot to the floor; even on a dead battery, it put me back in my seat," Morin says.
Purdue says the event allows students to get real, hands-on experience with electric vehicles.
The high school races are set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Grand Prix track on McCormick Road.