Cedar Rapids Gazette: Veggie Car Races

Monday, November 2, 2009

A model car created by UI students and constructed of a potato, pumpikins and peas and carrots waits to be raced at the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City Monday. (Crystal LoGiudice/The Gazette)

About 70 first-year engineering students at the University of Iowa were given the task this semester of designing and racing model cars made entirely of fruits and vegetables.

When designing their “veggie cars,” students in the course “Engineering Problem Solving-1″ were told to pay attention to such factors as friction, weight, stability, tracking and aerodynamics.

The competition continues a long-standing tradition of challenging students to learn basic engineering principles by constructing model vehicles, bridges and other items from non-traditional materials.

The cars were raced Monday at the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Check out photographer Crystal LoGiudice’s gallery from the event below.