Update: Day 4

1 May

The autocross event closed, but not before Lawrence Tech got their car out on the track:
Lawrence Tech autocross

Tune in between 12–3pm for updates on the Endurance Event which has doubled in length for this year’s competition. Looks like it may warm up a bit by then!

Meanwhile, check out the news coverage from WMUR-TV that ran last night with this great quote from Adam Tallman of Lawrence Tech:

“I’m a fifth year senior and I’ve been working in the field for 3 years and I’ve learned more on this car than those 2 combined. It’s a wonderful, wonderful experience.”

Update: Autocross until 5:00 PM

30 Apr

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is extending today’s Autocross Event to 5:00 PM!

There are still plenty of great track-side seats, so grab your umbrella, head over to the NASCAR oval, and enjoy the final half hour of competition!

Lawrence Tech Autocross

Autocross, Lawrence Tech

Video: UVM AERO Autocross

30 Apr

Results, Acceleration

30 Apr

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Formula Hybrid Results

Formula Hybrid Results, 3:00 PM on 4/30/14

Formula Hybrid Results: Acceleration Times
Acceleration Times, 3:00 PM on 4/30/14

FB Video: UVM AERO and Dartmouth DFR

30 Apr

UVM AERO racing and Dartmouth Formula Racing are on the track, running events in the rain. Click through these links to see Facebook videos from the speedway.

FB Video, DFR Brake Test

DFR Acceleration
FB Video, DFR Acceleration Run

UVM Acceleration
FB Video, UVM AERO Acceleration Run

FB Video, UVM AERO Brake Test

Getting on Track

30 Apr
University of Vermont Acceleration

UVM preparing for acceleration

Today, the third day of the 2014 Formula Hybrid Competition, teams continue to modify and test their cars so they can begin completing the competition’s three on-track events. University of Vermont’s Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO) team was the first group to pass all of Formula Hybrid’s preliminary tests, fire up their vehicle’s engine, and hit the track. Before lunch, AERO’s lime-green car completed its acceleration runs on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s NASCAR oval. Despite the overcast skies and slight drizzle, a large crowd cheered on UVM as they finished three acceleration runs.

This year, UVM installed a sound system above the car’s rear axel. Throughout yesterday’s mechanical and electrical inspection as well as today’s three acceleration runs, songs including AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” pleased spectators.

University of Vermont Sound System

Music right off a UVM team member’s iPhone

University of Vermont Amp

The sound system’s amp is above the rear axel of UVM’s car

Dartmouth Formula Racing was the second team to start the acceleration event, completing their first run at 12:24 PM.

Dartmouth Formula Racing Acceleration Run

Dartmouth Formula Racing completes an acceleration run

Meanwhile, in the garage, teams including Yale continue to modify their vehicles. According to Yale’s Connor Durkin, Bulldogs Racing is on track to start their acceleration runs this afternoon.

“We just have to increase the length of our car’s clutch line,” says Connor. “Once our clutch line is six feet long, we should be able to hit the track.”

Yale in Garage

Yale in the garage

Video: University of Idaho, Egress Test

30 Apr

University of Idaho team members complete the egress test yesterday afternoon. The egress test is a drill that gauges a driver’s ability to quickly exit a vehicle in the case of an emergency.


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