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2014 Formula Hybrid Competition

23 Apr

The 2014 Formula Hybrid Competition is taking place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.

Check back for updates during the competition.

Results and Awards

3 May

The 2013 Formula Hybrid Competition finished with a windy awards ceremony at Victory Lane of New Hampshire motor speedway. The teams were all commended for their hard work, congratulated for their victories, including passing inspection, and for their innovation, craftsmanship, perseverance, and performance.

The endurance run, (for which photos have been posted  here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/sets/72157633364976239/) was full of excitment. Yale demonstrated excellence and speed as their team’s hybrid whizzed around the track and completed the 22 kilometers without a problem. The all-electric UVM racer started out strong but due to a technical failure was knocked out of the race for over a half an hour. They still managed to finish the event. Dartmouth’s EV also experienced problems with the engine overheating,  but after a brief stop they finished the race. Lawrence Tech, slow and steady, also completed the event. 

Surprise appearances near the end of the endurance event by Carleton Univeristy, Embry Riddle University, and University of Michigan added some excitement to the event. All three teams had finally passed inspection, but did not have enough time to finish the event. 

 

The awards ceremony was kept brief and to the point, because a cold wind was blowing through the infield. The teams all huddled up at victory lane as the awards were presented by Formula Hybrid, IEEE, Chrysler, and GM. 

McMaster University won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Award, even despite last minute control issues that prevented them from racing. Yale, the overall fastest car at the competition, won second place. 

The IEEE Engineering the Future Award went to Yale, and the Excellence in EV Engineering went to Dartmouth. 

Yale also took home the Chrysler Innovation award, with Michigan in second place and Mcmaster, third. 

And the overall competition results were:

In the Hybrid division, Yale took first place, with Lawrence Tech coming in second, and McMaster University in third. 

In the electric division, Dartmouth took number 1, with Vermont a close second. 

 

Thanks to all teams who participated, thanks to Doug Fraser and Amy Keeler for organizing the event, all the volunteers who helped, and all the OEMs, recruiters and corporate sponsors. 

 

Remember to check out the Thayer Flicker photostream for more photos of the event, and the DFR youtube channel for videos of the event. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThayerSchool/featured

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/sets/72157633364976239/

 

 

Current Standings

2 May

Overall Points: (hybrid)

Yale: 518.80

Lawrence Tech: 307.07

McMaster University: 260.00

 
(electric)

Dartmouth: 460.63

Vermont: 417.81

Also: new pictures posted to the Thayer photoset

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/

Endurance Event: At the Starting Line

2 May

The endurance event is about to begin! We’re waiting with much anticipation to see how all the teams do. 

McMaster, RPI and Michegan have all passed some of the tests to clear them for racing this morning. Stay tuned in to the twitter @formula_hybrid for updates on who is actually racing and live updates about the race. 

 

Also check out the live stream of endurance event. http://www.formula-hybrid.org/live 

Scott is broadcasting live and will be interviewing team members! 

Wednesday Results: Autocross And Acceleration

1 May

After an exciting day of testing, tilting, braking, accelerating, and weaving through the autocross course, the teams all gathered with their cars on the track for the group photo. (Which should be posted to the Formula Hybrid flickr shortly: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/)

But before that, all the teams worked hard to get cleared to race their cars. Only four teams were successful in passing all of the rigorous safety checks and tests in order to race. There were two electric cars, UVM Aero and Dartmouth Formula Racing, as well as two hybrids, Yale Bulldog Racing and Lawrence Tech Blue Devils Racing. 

The acceleration event was exhilarating, with UVM topping Dartmouth in the Electric acceleration. UVM ran the 75 meters in 5.604s, with Dartmouth clocking in at 6.181. Yale tore up the track with a 5.28, which was the fastest run of the day. Lawrence Tech followed with a 5.982 for their hybrid racecar.

 

The autocross was also exciting. Both the electrical cars had some problems, with Dartmouth Formula Racing overheating their batteries just before the finish line, and UVM Aero running out of charge on their last run. UVM still took the race with a 54.14s time, Dartmouth close behind coming in at 56.14s. 

 

Yale topped the field again in the autocross with a blistering time of 49.2s. Lawrence Tech followed with a 63s run. 

 

Tomorrow, starting at 1 will be the endurance event. Stay tuned for tweeting coming from @formula_hybrid and live streaming at formula-hybrid.org/live

 

Live Streaming of Autocross Event

1 May

The autocross event is starting soon here in Louden, and we’re streaming a video live! Check it out at http://www.formula-hybrid.com/live to watch the Autocross races happen.

 

4 Teams Cleared to Race

1 May

Yale Bulldogs Racing, Dartmouth Formula Hybrid, University of Vermont Aero, and Lawrence Tech Blue Devil Racing have all passed the inspections necessary for them to race. The tests are comprehensive, and include a mechanical inspection, electrical inspection, a tilt test, an egress test (to see how fast the drivers can exit the vehicle), a fuel test, and a braking test. After a team passes all of these tests they are cleared to race. 

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Above: Lawrence Tech undergoes mechanical inspection

 

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Yale Bulldogs Racing after passing the brake test

 

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After passing each of the required tests, the car is given a signed sticker. After passing all tests, the car body receives the full 2013, signifying it is ready to race. 

 

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Dartmouth Formula Racing on the test track

 

Gov. Maggie Hassan visits Formula Hybrid Competition

30 Apr

Members of Dartmouth Formula Racing pose with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. Hassan visited the competition today in Louden, NH and spoke with the members of the teams competing this week. Image

 

Hassan wasn’t the only special visitor to the competition today. Middle school and high school students from around New Hampshire came to the competition to see the work that has been put in on all the cars. Below, Hassan speaks to a combined group of students at the competition. 

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Tomorrow is when all the action happens. Stay tuned for live updates of the acceleration events tomorrow morning, and the autocross event tomorrow afternoon. @formula_hybrid and on this blog! 

Competing Teams Prepare for Inspections

29 Apr

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Monday morning finds several teams at New Hampshire Motor Speedway bright and early, unloading their cars and performing final adjustments and checks in order to pass the technical inspections. Every team has to go through a rigorous mechanical and electrical inspection in order to clear their car for the competition. Above, students from Carleton University work on their car, and below, members of host-team, Dartmouth Formula Racing prepare their car for inspection. 

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The Eve of The 2013 Competition

29 Apr

After much anticipation and many hours of hard work, the 2013 Formula Hybrid Competition is upon us. Teams from all over the world have traveled to Louden, NH, to compete in the 8th annual, international Formula Hybrid Competition, hosted by The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. The competition schedule kicks off with registration and mechanical and electrical vehicle inspections on Monday. On Tuesday the teams have their design presentations. The pavement really starts to heat up on Wednesday with the acceleration event in the morning and the autocross event in the afternoon. Finally, on Thursday, the 20 participating teams face off in the endurance event. 

Stay tuned for all the action! You can read about what is happening on the track at the competition here at the official Formula Hybrid blog. Updates will also be posted on twitter @Formula_Hybrid. Host team Dartmouth Formula Racing will also be posting updates and pictures from New Hampshire Motor Speedway @dartmouthracing. 

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