Getting on Track

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