Celebrate Engineering Excellence

Formula Hybrid applauds students and instructors who strive for quality and ingenuity in engineering. Each year Formula Hybrid awards the top finishers in the hybrid and electric classes with trophies. Platinum sponsors annually select distinct areas of engineering to honor.

2017 Formula Hybrid Awards

Hybrid Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

     1. Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)

     2. RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing)

     3. SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)

     4. Dartmouth College (Dartmouth Formula Racing)

     5. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)

     6. Lawrence Technological University (Blue Devil Motorsports)

Electric Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

     1. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)

     2. Princeton University (Princeton Racing Electric)

     3. University of Vermont (UVM AERO)

     4. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Motorsports)

     5. Tufts University (Tufts Racing)

     6. Georgia Tech (HyTech Racing)

2017 Sponsored Awards

General Motors Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award (Trophy & 2,500.00) 

     SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)

This award recognizes the team which best demonstrates the true spirit of Formula Hybrid: A multidisciplinary educational endeavor mixed with friendly and professional competition. The team that receives this award has not only produced a racecar using sound engineering judgement, but has continuously excelled in teamwork and collaboration. Additionally, General Motors seeks to highlight the importance of project management in the engineering process. We commend the team which demonstrates exceptional preparedness and true completeness. This award highlights defensible designs and decisions while working within constraints of time, budget, and rules. We recognize the Formula Hybrid effort as a holistic challenge, requiring a careful balance of many ingredients.

General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award (Trophy & 2,500.00)

     University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing) 

This award recognizes the team which best demonstrates professionalism and accomplishment in four categories: engineering design, ingenuity, execution, and vehicle performance. Teams considered for this award will demonstrate rigorous attention to a purposeful engineering process. The award recipient will demonstrate a novel approach to one or more aspects of racecar development, ranging from component or system design to validation methods. General Motors wishes to recognize a team that understands that innovation is not without risk, yet has the courage to do something exceptionally difficult or unique. Concurrently, we applaud the team that defends their design concisely, logically, and accurately through the use of appropriate engineering methodology and analysis. Lastly, teams considered for this award must present an exciting product – demonstrated in appearance and performance.


FCA Innovation Award (1,000.00)

     University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)

This award celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of competition.  The unique feature can be traced from conception to deployment throughout the team’s design process.  Since innovation involves risk of failure, the team responded appropriately and persevered through challenges and failures.  The unique feature has a practical application and demonstrates engineering ingenuity.


  • The team can competently describe the feature
  • The team took a risk and created this device/strategy rather than discovered it after the vehicle was built
  • It is highly original in concept or execution
  • Its uniqueness has practical application even if the vehicle did not perform the best on the track

FCA Industrial Design Award (1,000.00)

     Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)

This award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed and well-built vehicle.  The design is elegant, simple, and practical.  The vehicle is built with quality and workmanship.  The entire vehicle reflects a system approach that takes into consideration the many different functional systems operating together to achieve the goal.  Not just performance but reliability and maintainability are factors too.  The entire vehicle is worthy of recognition and not just a single component.


  • Vehicle design is simple and executable
  • The vehicle can withstand the rigors of competition and maintain functionality
  • The team values workmanship in both the vehicle design and supporting equipment, e.g. clean welds, joints, wiring, paint, organized pit area, tools,
  • The vehicle is designed with maintainability in mind, i.e. can be diagnosed and serviced easily during the competition

FCA Gracious Professionalism Award (1,000.00)

     Amrita Institute of Technology & Science (Formula Hybrid Agraganya)

The goal of this award is to celebrate gracious professionalism.  The team that wins this award demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, team collaboration, and gracious attitude both on and off the track.  While engineering ingenuity is celebrated throughout the competition, we wanted to highlight the importance of a positive and collaborative attitude.   In today’s ever diversifying workforce, talent is important and so it’s the ability communicate and work with others.  The team that wins this award demonstrates professionalism desired by any company in any industry.


  • The team consistently demonstrates good sportsmanship and positive spirit – on and off the track
  • The team is humble and cooperative toward everyone in the competition, e.g. judges, inspectors, other teams,
  • The team demonstrates collaboration and teamwork within its own organization. They may describe the following:
    • How collaboration was conducted during the build season
    • How the teams divided up tasks fairly and equitably
    • How teammates resolved differences in design concepts
    • How working together as a group was beneficial over working independently

IEEE Engineering the Future Award (Trophy)

     Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)

Engineering the Future –  This award considers the multidisciplinary makeup of the team and evidence that the vehicle design contained all of the features of a proper racecar. IEEE Engineering the Future also considers whether the vehicle creates a desire to “take it onto the track and see how it performs.”

IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award (Trophy)

     Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)

Excellence in EV Engineering –  This award focuses on the entire EV engineering process. Judging begins when the Design and Sustainability reports are submitted. The judging continues at the Speedway with an evaluation of each team’s implementation and performance during the dynamics events. Significant emphasis is placed upon preparation, team dynamics, and attention to details. Also important are the intangibles that lead to good performance, reliability, and establish or continue a legacy.

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