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Gravity Vehicle

Division: Div C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Science as Inquiry, PSc.1.1., Phy.1.1, Phy.1.2

Event Rules: See the National rules manual

Event Score Sheet: 2022 Event Scoresheet – Coming Soon

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials:

Each team must bring one vehicle, one ramp, alignment devices (if used), one practice log, and additional/spare parts as well as counterweights to secure the ramp. Teams may bring data, one stand-alone calculator of any type along with non-electric tools which do not need to be impounded.


  • we will NOT be checking the mass of the car
  • Safety Glasses WILL be required in this event


Teams must design, build, and test one vehicle and ramp, that uses the vehicle’s gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly and as accurately as possible.




Low score wins.

Common Mistakes:

– At any given tournament, approximately 1/3 of the vehicles are penalized for construction violations. This is something easy to avoid.
– Be sure to submit your practice log labeled correctly and measuring at least 4 parameters.
– This is an impound event!  Anyone can impound the device for the competitors. Check your tournament schedule to see the times and places for impound.



Event Resources

2021 Rules and Tips
2021 Gravity Vehicle Overview
2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)
2020 Track Layout
Link to Kits