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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:

All participants must properly wear eye protection at all times. Participants without proper eye protection must be immediately informed and given a chance to obtain eye protection if time allows. Participants without eye protection will not be allowed to compete.

Clarifications: For Regionals, track distances will be announced at 7pm on Feb 3 at the Cars Office Hour. It will also be posted in the Div C spreadsheet.


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:

– This event require a “speed bump” – a 3/8″ dowel. Do you have yours ready to tape on the track?
– 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.



Event Resources

2022 Season Coaches Clinic – Vehicle Events
2022 Season Coaches Clinic – Gravity Vehicle
2021 Rules and Tips
2021 Gravity Vehicle Overview
2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)
Link to Kits


Below is an example of how Gravity Vehicle will look for Regionals in 2022.