2015 Formula Hybrid Competition Hits the Track Rolling

Welcome to the 2015 Formula Hybrid Competition in Louden, NH, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The paddocks are packed with student competitors eager to show off their hard work, proving their engineering prowess through multiple rigorous technical inspections, design and project management presentations, and eventually burning some rubber with the dynamic events.

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Yesterday saw 21 teams from all over the world roll up to the paddocks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, all with uniquely designed hybrid and electric racecars. The teams here have brought a total of almost three hundred student competitors and undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of hours of work to put these cars together. This year’s hybrid division competitors are:

University of Idaho Vandal Hybrid Racing, Lawrence Technical University Blue Devil Motorsports, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Formula Hybrid, McMaster Formula Hybrid, Milwaukee School of Engineering MSOE Motorsports, R.V. College of Engineering Ashwa Racing, University of Waterloo Hybrid, University of Victoria UVic Hybrid, Middle Tennessee State University MTSU Motorsports, University of Vermont Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO), University of Michigan Ann Arbor Hybrid Racing, Atilim University Devrim Hybrid Team, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology Astra Racing, University of Houston Red Devils, and University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawk Racing.

This year’s electrical competitors are:

Carnegie Mellon University Racing, Illinois Institute of Technology IIT Motorsports, Georgia Institute of Technology HyTech Racing, Tufts University Racing, Dartmouth College Formula Racing, Binghamton University Bearcat Motorsports, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Formula Electric.

This year we have the higher team attendance than the past two years, and its shaping up to be a great competition. Teams are currently working through Electrical pre-inspection, with only one team so far making it into mechanical inspection.

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Binghamton University Bearcat Motorsports in electrical pre-inspection.

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Lead Mechanical Inspectors Michael Royce and Suzanne Royce review Michigan Hybrid Racing’s technical information. Luckily it looks like we won’t be needing that sign this year.

While the teams are working hard to get through their inspections and prepare for the dynamic events tomorrow and Thursday, today they are also responsible for the presentation events. There is a design event where the teams are tasked with defending their design choices throughout the development of their car, and a project management presentation in which teams must explain how they organized their work efforts throughout the course of the vehicle design, development, and fabrication.

Today is also school day, and there are groups of high school students from all over New Hampshire visiting to learn about automotive engineering and hybrid and electric vehicle technologies. Below, a group from nearby Tilton, NH.

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