Undergraduate Plan of Study

The Motorsports program at UNC Charlotte is a concentration offered in the Mechanical Engineering department. This means students go through all the regular Mechanical Engineering classes, but choose their electives from a selection of Motorsports approved classes. Once a student graduates, they will receive a Mechanical Engineering degree from UNC Charlotte (an ABET accredited school) with a concentration in Motorsports.


Students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Motorsports teams from Freshman year on. After the first semester of their Sophomore year, students who have a GPA of 2.5 or greater can apply to the Motorsports Concentration, and become more heavily involved in the teams.


The Motorsports Concentration plan of study is identical to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate plan of study with the exception that the four technical electives required, must be chosen from the following list or petition for a special exception. General information on the College of Engineering, information on the Mechanical Engineering Department, and class descriptions for many courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department, including Motorsports classes, can be found by clicking on the links provided.

Automotive Power Plants I Motorsports Clinic I, II, & III Tire Mechanics
Automotive Power Plants II Advanced CAD/CAM  
Automotive Powertrain Laboratory Materials Science/Failure Analysis  
Motorsports Instrumentation Discrete Mechanical Vibrating Systems  
Road Vehicle Dynamics Statistical Process Control and Metrology  
Vehicle Aerodynamics Finite Element Analysis  

Motorsports Clinic I focuses on an introduction to motorsports and its related topics. Motorsports Clinics II and III take place of Senior Design I and II. All senior design projects must be approved by the motorsports faculty committee, and are usually done on one of the race cars.

Students must maintain a GPA greater than 2.5, and must have a C or better in all four of their motorsports electives.

 See the Information for Prospective Students page for information regarding applying to the UNC Charlotte College of Engineering, admission requirements, and scholarships.  

Experiential Activities:

In addition to the plan of study above, students in the concentration must meet the following criteria in order to attain a sufficient exposure to motorsports tools and procedures. 

  • Participate on a Motorsports team for 3 full years.  Internship with industry race teams may substitute pending approval.  Requirement may be relaxed based on experience and as judged by the motorsports faculty and staff. 
  • Attend at least 75% of the motorsports seminars bringing in external speakers unless granted an excused absence.

For further information on the program, plan of study, or questions, please Contact Us.