In 2010, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 26 teams (out of 30 registered) gathered to compete in the 4th annual Formula Hybrid International Competition. Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the competition features high-performance hybrid race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students.
This year, a fourth day was added to give teams extra time to pass safety inspections. “The students are dealing with high-voltage electrical systems,” said Doug Fraser, Director of the Formula Hybrid Project, “So our safety rules are very stringent.”
Day one of the competition was devoted to electrical and mechanical technical inspections which continued into day two, overlapping with the design and marketing presentation events. Day three featured the acceleration runs, the autocross competition, and the design finals. And day four held the endurance event followed by the awards ceremony.