LTU Grand Prix Saturday to host 10 universities to show off student vehicles

SOUTHFIELD – Nearly 200 college students from 11 universities will converge on the campus of Lawrence Technological University Saturday for the 10th annual Grand Prix, organized by LTU’s Blue Devil Motorsports racing teams.

The event showcases SAE competition vehicles, including scaled-down Indy race cars, hybrid electric vehicles, off-road vehicles and more – all designed and built by students.

Besides the Blue Devil Motorsports team, racing teams from the following universities have committed to attend:

  • Ferris State University, Big Rapids
  • Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids
  • Hope College, Holland
  • Kettering University, Flint
  • Oakland University, Rochester
  • The University of Illinois-Chicago
  • The University of Toledo
  • The University of Windsor, Ontario
  • Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
An earlier Lawrence Technological University Formula SAE car waits at the starting line. LTU photo.

The teams will race around a twisting course in Lawrence Tech’s Parking Lot D (see starting at noon Saturday. The event is scheduled to wrap up about 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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Lawrence Tech won the event last year, held in a heavy rainstorm, recording the fastest time around the course.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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