High school students in California trying to break world record for fastest electric car

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Posted at 7:54 AM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-23 15:14:53-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) — Students at Madison High School in San Diego, California are trying to break a record for the world's fastest electric car.

“Not many schools have the opportunity," said Austin Gates, a senior at Madison High School. "And for me and my classmates to work as a team is a pretty cool experience.”

Students like Gates, with Madison High Schools Automotive Technology Program, are working side by side with some of the world's top engineers to try and get an electric car to reach the fastest land speed ever recorded.

“All the stars lined up and I thought this would be an awesome end of the year project for the students," said Omar Sevilla, automotive teacher at the high school. "And now it’s here.”

Sevilla has been leading this crew. They have taken Team Vesco's "Little Giant" and made it even more powerful by using Revolt Systems, a San Diego-based electric vehicle engineering company's electric motor.

The car they are working on is the current record holder at 353 mph, but students hope to reach 375 mph.

“We give them instructions and we just oversee what they are doing," Sevilla said. "They are using these tools, they are installing parts, taking parts off, cleaning parts, preparing parts, inspecting parts, replacing parts, it’s a long process."

The process will lead to the student's hard work racing in the 2022 World Finals this August in Bonneville, Utah.

San Diego Unified School District has five other schools that have a similar program.

This story was originally reported by Sophia Hernandez on