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Middle and High School Students Join Top Engineering Students for Formula Hybrid School Day

Students see the challenges engineers in the automotive industry encounter while feeling the excitement.

Area middle and high school students are joining hundreds of the world’s top engineering students at Dartmouth’s one-of-a-kind Formula Hybrid Competition on Wednesday May 3 at 10:00am for Formula Hybrid School Day at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s a mini version of the competition experience during which students will get up close to hybrid and electric racecars; see the cars in action during the autocross and acceleration events; ask SAE International questions; and speak with corporate sponsors from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors and LG Chem Power about their companies and the vital roles engineers play in their businesses.

Formula Hybrid School Day 2016

Formula Hybrid School Day 2016

“Formula Hybrid is the only competition that requires the full cooperation of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists in the planning and building of their cars,” said Douglas Fraser,  director of Formula Hybrid and senior research engineer at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. “So the event is an amazing opportunity for students to experience first-hand the complex process of designing and building a working vehicle and to ask questions that may guide them in their college education and professional interests.”

Thayer School of Engineering founded and runs the event, which has inspired thousands of students over the past 11 years while drawing recruiters from some of the top automotive manufacturers in the country.

About Formula Hybrid

Like Formula SAE®, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a list of rules that minimize risk while preserving the students’ freedom to innovate. Formula Hybrid teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars providing students with a uniquely challenging experiential learning opportunity.

Sponsors

Competition sponsors include the SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)New Hampshire Motor SpeedwaySports Car Club of AmericaLG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, FordGeneral MotorsFiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota. See full list of sponsors.

About Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth prepares leaders for a technology-driven world while solving pressing, real-world problems through research and entrepreneurship. Consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities for its commitment to teaching, Dartmouth is the first national research university to graduate a majority-female class of undergraduate engineers.

UVic Hybrid

2016 Results Overview

UVic Hybrid

UVic Hybrid accepts the GM Best Engineered Propulsion System Award

Hybrid Category

Electric Category

See summary score sheet.

Awards

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Innovation Award: University of Waterloo (Waterloo Hybrid-Electric)
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Industrial Design Award: UVic Hybrid
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Gracious Professionalism Award: RIT Hot Wheelz
  • GM Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award: RIT Hot Wheelz
  • GM Best Engineered Propulsion System Award: UVic Hybrid
  • IEEE Engineering the Future Award: Waterloo Hybrid-Electric
  • IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award: UVM AERO
  • Doug Gore Memorial Chassis Design Award: UVic Hybrid

See award descriptions.

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Formula Hybrid 2016

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Welcome to Formula Hybrid 2016!

The 2016 Formula Hybrid competition is underway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, NH! This year, 28 teams hailing from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, India, and Turkey are registered for competition.

University of Michigan Technical Inspection

University of Michigan Technical Inspection

To help more teams run their cars in on-track events like Endurance, Autocross, and Acceleration, Formula Hybrid added an additional day of electrical tech inspection, and also pre-event electrical review three weeks before the competition’s start. The pre-event electrical reviews were conducted on site, at the competing team’s home institution by IEEE volunteers.

The additional day of electrical tech inspection was Sunday, May 1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Today the Formula Hybrid teams, volunteers, and sponsors are stationed New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s two main garages focusing on electrical and technical inspections, and hiding from the steady rain. Luckily, the forecast for the remainder of the week looks more promising!

Lawrence Tech works on their car

Lawrence Tech works on their car

2013 Formula Hybrid: Final Wrap Up

ABOVE: Yale Bulldogs Racing team passes the tilt test.

Each year, Dartmouth’s Formula Hybrid Competition offers “an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience innovating across electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering disciplines.” This year was no exception.

“I think it’s the fastest and the funnest laboratory that engineering students could have at their disposal,” said Jerry Gappens, General Manager of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway where the competition is held each year in early May.

“I’ve never been to a NASCAR track,” said Dartmouth Formula Racing team captain Darren Reis ’13, “and so the size and the scale and being on the infield is pretty special.”

Final results in the hybrid category are:

  1. Yale University
  2. Lawrence Technological University
  3. McMaster University

…and for electric only:

  1. Dartmouth
  2. University of Vermont
  3. University of Massachusetts-Lowell

But in terms of educational value, everyone’s a winner.

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