2007 History

Formula Hybrid Competition

Thayer’s Inaugural Formula Hybrid Event was held at New Hampshire’s Loudon International Speedway May 1-3, 2007 and was a great success.

Out on the raceway the competitive spirit was alive and well, with all teams competing in all of the events. In the endurance event, McGill and Florida Institute of Technology completed the full 22km. According to Steve Daum of the SAE, the 33% endurance finish rate is very respectable for a first-year competition, especially one involving vehicles that incorporate complex hybrid, mechanical, and electrical drive systems. The final results: McGill placed first, Embry-Riddle second, and Yale third. See 2007 Formula Hybrid Results for further information.

With the kind of engineering challenges Formula Hybrid poses, there was much discussion among the six teams, creating a dynamic engineering environment. Based on the flow of ideas, we anticipate seeing even more innovative hybrid cars in 2008.

The Formula Hybrid Competition attracted significant media attention. ABC-Channel 5 Boston ran a story on the event as part of their 5:00 newscast, and NBC-Burlington ran a segment on Dartmouth’s hybrid car. Several local newspapers—and one international paper—covered the event. For more, see In the News.

We look forward to doubling the field for the 2008 Formula Hybrid Competition! See you there!

Teams in Attendance, 2007

  • Dartmouth College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Illinois institute of Technology
  • McGill University
  • Yale University

2007 Winners

  • 1st Place Overall Hybrid: McGill University
  • 2nd place Overall Hybrid: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 3rd Place Overall Hybrid: Yale University

Individual Events & Awards

  • 1st Place Design: Dartmouth College
  • 1st Place Presentation: McGill University
  • 1st Place Endurance, Hybrid Class: McGill University
  • 1st Place Autocross: McGill University
  • 1st Place Unlimited Acceleration: Florida Institute of Technology
  • 1st Place Electric Only Acceleration: Yale University
  • Best Hybrid in Progress: Florida Institute of Technology
    “Hybrid in Progress” is a class for cars that had an incomplete hybrid drive system and ran entirely on battery power. The FIT car was recharged for 30 minutes during the driver change period.
  • DaimlerChrysler Award – Best Hybrid System Engineering: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Thayer School of Engineering Dean’s Award for Innovation: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


  1. All six teams started the endurance event and two of them, McGill and Florida Institute of Technology, completed the total 22 km. According to Steve Daum of the SAE, the 33% endurance finish rate is very respectable for a first year competition especially one involving extremely complex vehicles that incorporate hybrid, mechanical and electrical, drive systems.
  2. Three of the competitors, Florida Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology and Yale University, represented their school’s first entry into any Formula SAE competition.
  3. Florida Institute of Technology ran as a “Hybrid in Progress”. Dartmouth car #18 experienced serious problems with their electrical system and after a couple of days hard work by the team eventually ran as a demonstrator in endurance without their electrical storage system connected. Illinois Institute of Technology ran as a plug-in hybrid. The other three teams ran as hybrids.

2007 Event Information

Video Summary of the 2007 Formula Hybrid Competition

Inaugural Formula Hybrid Competition – May 1st – 3rd, 2007