The following documentation has been designed to get you and your team into a design mindset focused on building your very own electric vehicle! If you have any questions please join our Zoom meetings each Friday and visit our forum which draws on the expertise of our scrutineers and mentors to help you along the way. [Email [email protected] for a Zoom invitation]

Getting started

This is all about the fundamentals that underpin any good build. Take careful note of the information in this section and you’ll be off to a good start!



Steering and wheels

How steering and wheels work on a vehicle are key to ensuring your vehicle is maneuverable and rolls freely. In this section we talk about concepts that will help your vehicle perform better.

The chassis

The chassis is the framework of the vehicle and this needs to be sturdy and durable for race day. This section will give you some key characteristics to consider.

Body design and aerodynamics

Body design not only makes your vehicle look good, it is functional and can improve performance. This document covers some key design points and what a body shell can be made from. Take note and let your creativity take over!

Gears and transmission

Enabling the power of the motor to get to the drive wheel effectively and efficiently is critical. Electric motor speed ‘tops out’ quickly so it is important to utilise the huge low speed torque through a few gears to reach a high top speed for the vehicle. Read on to learn more!

The controller


Exemplary body design report from Mahurangi College 2020 – use to get ideas

Computer aided design tutorials

Fusion 360 tutorial series – click here to see the tutorial and full programme, starting on Monday June 15, 2020, via Zoom.

Gathering and displaying data

Update June 2020: there are currently Arduino tutorials running on Zoom sessions weekly. Click on this link to see the full programme.

Click here for instructions for getting running on this.


Coming soon!

Training and preparing for Race Day!