Day 3 Update

“We’re pleased that in general, the teams this year are better prepared for inspections than in past years,” Says Doug Fraser, Director of Formula Hybrid.

As of now, three teams are completely through inspections: MSOE and RV College of Engineering (hybrid), and RIT (electric-only). Four additional teams are officially through mechanical inspection: SRM Engineering College, Lawrence Tech, Dartmouth, and U Michigan.

RV College (Ashwa Racing) made it to acceleration runs with 30 minutes to spare. Time: 9.998 sec …

Student innovations are also good to see: “There are a wide variety of drivetrains this year,” says Mechanical Inspector and Dartmouth engineering professor Doug Van Citters. “Everything from electric-only to wheel-mounted motors, and parallel and series hybrid drivetrains … Princeton has a nice motor system. It’s clever. The motor isn’t in the rear center of the car. They have independent motors on their rear wheels, and their brakes are on the outside of their wheel motors. It’s very distinctive. … Also on the mechanical side, both of the Indian teams — RV College of Engineering and SRM Engineering College — are very prepared.”

Autocross updates TBA…