Dartmouth’s 6th annual Formula Hybrid Competition took place April 30 – May 3 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the competition features high-performance hybrid and electric race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students.
In 2012, thirty six teams registered including from Canada, China/Taiwan, Spain, and Brazil. Of those, seven have registered as electric only—a new official category for the competition.
Like Formula SAE®, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a long list of rules. Formula Hybrid teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars.