Electric Vehicle Team finishes first in nation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway



Team’s electric go-kart beats 20 others to finish first at GrandPrix

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 23, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s Electric Vehicle Team rose to victory on the racetrack last week as the winner of the International evGrandPrix, an intercollegiate competition of electric-powered go-karts.

Kennesaw State’s team, a part of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, raced past 20 other electric go-karts from colleges and universities across North America to take the top spot in the all-electric series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sponsored by Purdue University and the United States Auto Club (USAC), the annual race drew teams such as the University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University and the University of Windsor in Canada.  In addition to race performance, the evGrandPrix scoring is based on energy efficiency and engineering design of the lightweight vehicles.

The Kennesaw State team, founded in 2013, has been competing in the annual evGrandPrix for four years, earning sixth and eighth place in previous years. The team won this year’s race with driver Gabriel Capo, a mechanical engineering technology student.

“Race day was a roller coaster of emotions,” said Tyler Rowan, the electrical design team lead for KSU’s team. “The vehicles race at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour on the straightaways, and although we watched other teams crash, we had a phenomenal driver who had prior racing experience.”   

Twelve of the team’s nearly 45 members traveled to Indianapolis for the race. To develop and field their competitive electric vehicle, the team obtained funding support from the University’s alumni, Student Government Association and external sponsors.

In addition to the go-kart, the team has also developed a full-size electric vehicle, which will compete in the Formula SAE electric vehicle competition in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu