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Madison students prepare for inaugural ‘Mad City Electric Vehicle Race’

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Students in Madison City Schools are gearing up for the first-ever electric vehicle race in the city.

"Our objective is to make this car go as fast as possible so we can win the race every time," James Clemens High School Student Nicholas Thompson said.

Thompson is in it to win it: The Mad City Electric Vehicle Race.

"It has a lot to do with aerodynamics and reducing weight," Thompson said. "We also have to see if we can get the lightest driver possible within the vehicle."

Thompson knows he has some steep competition with his racing rival, Bob Jones High School's Darshil Choksi and his team.

"We've been trying to find new tricks, we've been trying to find out who can drive, who can't drive," Choksi said.

But, Bob Jones High School Engineering teacher Jessye Gaines knows there's more to win than just this race.

"Building confidence, increasing relevance and hands-on application of solving problems that are not from a worksheet," Gaines said.

Gaines said this project brings new experience to her curriculum.

"There are so many engineering firms that are in Madison and Huntsville that are so eager to help our students," Gaines said.

As this school year zooms past, Madison City Schools are aiming to bring younger drivers along for the ride.

"The goal for next year and moving out is that we have the K-6 students working on what's called Goblin cars," Gaines said.

Teams from all over Alabama begin setting up for the Mad City Electric Vehicle Race at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Here are a list of the events happening at James Clemens High School during the event:

  • 8:00 a.m. - F24 teams setup in pits
  • 8:30 a.m. - Pre-race safety meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. - Parade
  • 9:30 a.m. - Goblin Race/F24 Practice
  • 10:30 a.m. - F24 Qualifying
  • 11:15 a.m. - F24 Practice
  • 12:15 p.m. - F24 Car Staging
  • 12:30 p.m. - F24 Race (90 minutes)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Awards

The day will also include food trucks, flight simulators, STEM demonstrations, Rise Above Kite Festival and an indoor yard sale.