The team will put all donations toward designing and building parts in order to have a competition-ready racing kart. This kart will be used to compete in the 2014 EV Grand Prix at Purude Univserity in Indiana. In addition to the racing kart, the team will continue to test and prototype parts for use on our already-running electric bicycle.
The mission of REVO is to create an educational environment where students can learn to design and build a large scale engineering project that incorporates various technologies, such that the work done by our team can contribute to their advancement in the industry. In our first year, we have held a six week student seminar for our peers to introduce them to the type of programming and electrical engineering we need for future development. In addition, the team has completed an electric bicycle conversion to serve as a test platform for the scalable technologies we have begun developing. Our current project is an electric racing kart designed to compete in the annual EV Grand Prix, hosted in Purdue, Indiana. The EV Grand Prix is a means by which the whole team can witness the systems we develop in a competitive setting with other electric karts from collegiate teams across the nation. REVO hopes to be ready to compete for the 2014 EV Grand Prix, although we are more focused on how we attain that goal, rather than fulfilling it.
REVO's current involvement in the EV Grand Prix allows us to benchmark our performance in an established environment while giving us the opportunity to see how others are innovating and to share our contributions with the electric racing community as a whole. Thus, older students are held accountable for driving progress forward while maintaining the sustainability of the organization through mentorship and knowledge management, which ensures that every member is involved with design, fabrication, testing, and driving. Despite the large distribution of younger members, this combination of responsibility and motivation gives each individual a sense of ownership over the electric racing and, more importantly, the entire organization.