Results and Awards

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/

 

 

Endurance Event: At the Starting Line

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. www.formula-hybrid.org/live 

Scott is broadcasting live and will be interviewing team members! 

Wednesday Results: Autocross And Acceleration

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