MINDDRIVE Displays Electric Car at Indy Emerging Tech Day

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MINDDRIVE, an educational program out of Kansas City teaching at-risk teens through experiential learning techniques and one-to-one, adult to student mentoring showcases their 2011 project, an electric car at Emerging Tech Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday, May 7th. This car has proven efficiencies of over 300 MPGe at medium speeds and is the ONLY high school project to be on display among over 80 university programs.

MINDDRIVE Electric Car

"We are so proud to be here", says Steve Rees, Instructor for MINDDRIVE. "Our car was built around a wrecked Indy Lola chassis, once driven by Jimmy Vasser so it has come full circle into this fully recycled, alternative fueled vehicle."

MINDDRIVE, a non-profit educational organization from Kansas City that has worked with a group of at-risk high school teens to build an electric car this year is featured as one of the Alternative Energy Vehicles at Emerging Technology Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday, May 7th.
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On hand at the event, representing MINDDRIVE will be the three founding partners: Steve Rees, Automotive Design Instructor, Tom Strongman, Automotive Journalist and mentor for the class and Linda Buchner, President of MINDDRIVE (contact). Also attending the weekend’s activities will be 4 students who were involved with the program and helped build the car, 3 adult mentors and Jon Stuckey, Senior Tire Engineer from Bridgestone’s Technical Laboratories in Akron, Ohio.

Bridgestone’s Stuckey has been instrumental in the project by providing tire technology to the class and has helped the students test their car on the Bridgestone Proving Grounds in Texas, where it accomplished over 300 MPGe at medium speeds.

What makes MINDDRIVE unique to this particular event is that they are the ONLY high school group that has been invited among 80 university programs to showcase their electric vehicle. The university programs compete using solar, electric and hybrid power each participating in different performance testing, including in the Formula Hybrid, Formula Sun Grand Prix and Purdue evGrand Prix series.

"We are so proud to be here," says Steve Rees, Automotive Design Instructor for MINDDRIVE. "Our car was built around a wrecked Indy Lola chassis, once driven by Jimmy Vasser so it has come full circle into this fully recycled, alternative fueled vehicle."

To find out more about MINDDRIVE's program, and to make a contribution toward this summer's new project where they will build another battery-powered vehicle with the intention of driving it from coast to coast this fall, please visit http://www.minddrive.org

MINDDRIVE is a non-profit organization in Kansas City whose mission is to inspire at-risk teens to learn, expand their vision for the future and to have a positive impact on the urban workforce. For more information, visit http://www.minddrive.org

To schedule an interview, please contact Linda Buchner, 816-916-4111.

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