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Results and Awards

The 2013 Formula Hybrid Competition finished with a windy awards ceremony at Victory Lane of New Hampshire motor speedway. The teams were all commended for their hard work, congratulated for their victories, including passing inspection, and for their innovation, craftsmanship, perseverance, and performance.

The endurance run, (for which photos have been posted  here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/sets/72157633364976239/) was full of excitment. Yale demonstrated excellence and speed as their team’s hybrid whizzed around the track and completed the 22 kilometers without a problem. The all-electric UVM racer started out strong but due to a technical failure was knocked out of the race for over a half an hour. They still managed to finish the event. Dartmouth’s EV also experienced problems with the engine overheating,  but after a brief stop they finished the race. Lawrence Tech, slow and steady, also completed the event. 

Surprise appearances near the end of the endurance event by Carleton Univeristy, Embry Riddle University, and University of Michigan added some excitement to the event. All three teams had finally passed inspection, but did not have enough time to finish the event. 

 

The awards ceremony was kept brief and to the point, because a cold wind was blowing through the infield. The teams all huddled up at victory lane as the awards were presented by Formula Hybrid, IEEE, Chrysler, and GM. 

McMaster University won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Award, even despite last minute control issues that prevented them from racing. Yale, the overall fastest car at the competition, won second place. 

The IEEE Engineering the Future Award went to Yale, and the Excellence in EV Engineering went to Dartmouth. 

Yale also took home the Chrysler Innovation award, with Michigan in second place and Mcmaster, third. 

And the overall competition results were:

In the Hybrid division, Yale took first place, with Lawrence Tech coming in second, and McMaster University in third. 

In the electric division, Dartmouth took number 1, with Vermont a close second. 

 

Thanks to all teams who participated, thanks to Doug Fraser and Amy Keeler for organizing the event, all the volunteers who helped, and all the OEMs, recruiters and corporate sponsors. 

 

Remember to check out the Thayer Flicker photostream for more photos of the event, and the DFR youtube channel for videos of the event. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThayerSchool/featured

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/sets/72157633364976239/

 

 

4 Teams Cleared to Race

Yale Bulldogs Racing, Dartmouth Formula Hybrid, University of Vermont Aero, and Lawrence Tech Blue Devil Racing have all passed the inspections necessary for them to race. The tests are comprehensive, and include a mechanical inspection, electrical inspection, a tilt test, an egress test (to see how fast the drivers can exit the vehicle), a fuel test, and a braking test. After a team passes all of these tests they are cleared to race. 

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Above: Lawrence Tech undergoes mechanical inspection

 

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Yale Bulldogs Racing after passing the brake test

 

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After passing each of the required tests, the car is given a signed sticker. After passing all tests, the car body receives the full 2013, signifying it is ready to race. 

 

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Dartmouth Formula Racing on the test track

 

Competing Teams Prepare for Inspections

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Monday morning finds several teams at New Hampshire Motor Speedway bright and early, unloading their cars and performing final adjustments and checks in order to pass the technical inspections. Every team has to go through a rigorous mechanical and electrical inspection in order to clear their car for the competition. Above, students from Carleton University work on their car, and below, members of host-team, Dartmouth Formula Racing prepare their car for inspection. 

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