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Welcome to Formula Hybrid 2018!

Garages Day 1
Teams were set up and going strong by 9am this morning. Weather was cloudy and cold in the 50s and there were plenty of hats and hand warmers around. Luckily the rain held off for most of the day.

Some FH Teams “Hit the Ground Running”

The University of Vermont (UVM AERO) Formula Hybrid team took first place for the competition’s new TestEquity “Hit the Ground Running” Prize, which recognizes the cars that arrive at the track ready to pass rigorous safety inspections and compete in events.

UVM receives award

Carlo Giorelli, a self-described “super senior” at UVM, was enthusiastic after his team accepted the top prize, a 1000 X-Series Oscilloscope donated by equipment manufacturer KeySight, which sponsored the new award, along with distributor TestEquity.

“We’re looking really good, and we’ve been looking good for a while,” Giorelli says of his team and hybrid car. “I’ve been doing this for five years, and this is the most prepared I’ve ever seen the team.”

The team’s car is in its second year at competition, says Giorelli, and it features some substantial systems changes since last year.

Receiving second place in the “Hit the Ground Running” category was the all-women team from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz). The team received a handheld digital multimeter.

Teams receiving honorable mention were RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing) in Bengaluru, India, finishing in third place, and Dartmouth (Dartmouth Formula Racing), which came in fourth.

Tune in tomorrow for more!

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