Day 2: Evening Update

UVM car

UVM car

Day 2 of the competition has come to a close. Texas A&M remains the only team to have completed technical inspection. There are several others, including Dartmouth, who have gone through one round and have minor changes to make tonight. Tomorrow looks to be an action-packed day with several teams passing inspections and moving on to the first dynamic events – acceleration and autocross.

Formula Hybrid would like to make a special welcome to Ricardo Takahira from SAE Brasil! He is visiting to learn about the cars and see how the event is run, with the hope of having the first competition in Brasil at the end of this year.

Some additional notes from today:
– We were extremely excited to see the Idaho team come out even though they had to leave their car at home. They started to build a hybrid from scratch this year and ran into some safety concerns about the suspension. They’re attending comp to learn from other teams and prepare themselves for next year.

MSOE car

MSOE car

– Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) showed up this year as the only hybrid-in-progress team (electric only). They cut about 500 pounds of weight off last year’s car and have a new electrical system that features 48 lithium-ion batteries from Milwaukee Tool outputting 84 volts.

FSU/FAMU car

FSU/FAMU car

– FSU/FAMU made some good progress today and received some reinforcements with a couple more team member showing up. We’re all rooting for you guys!