2011 History

Formula Hybrid Competition

Dartmouth’s 5th annual Formula Hybrid Competition took place May 1-4, 2011 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway with 21w teams (out of 34 registered) competing. 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. The enthusiasm, camaraderie, and love of learning through this experience was as strong as ever this year, despite difficulties teams had getting through tech/safety inspections.

Day one of the competition was devoted to electrical and mechanical technical inspections of the vehicles. Many teams found the technical inspections challenging this year, which meant their ability to compete on the track was limited. Design and marketing presentation events were held on day two. These events provide an opportunity for teams to explain in detail their innovative approaches to design and how they would market their car to potential investors. Day three featured the beginning of the dynamic events: acceleration runs, the autocross. The fourth day consisted of the endurance event where teams are provided an energy allotment of only 20 Megajoules with which to complete the 22k timed event. This was followed by the awards ceremony (see placement below).

A summary of the 2011 results and a PDF of the final scores are available below. You can see more photos of the 2011 competition on Flickr.

Also in 2011, Formula Hybrid was invited to headline at the Indy 500 Emerging Tech Day! Emerging Tech Day was part of Indy’s 100th Anniversary celebration and took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

2011 Teams in Attendance

  • Brigham Young University
  • California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
  • California Polytechnic State University – SLO
  • Colorado State University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drexel University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Florida A&M University/Florida State University FAMU-FSU
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Lund University
  • McGill University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • New Hampshire Technical Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • San Jose State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of Houston
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Vermont
  • Yale University

2011 Winners

  • 1st Overall: Texas A&M University
  • 2nd Overall: Brigham Young University
  • 3rd Overall: Lund University (Sweden)

Individual Events and Awards

  • Design: Lund University
  • Presentation: Brigham Young University
  • Acceleration-electric only: Texas A&M University
  • Acceleration-unrestricted: Texas A&M University
  • Autocross: Texas A&M University
  • Endurance: Lund University
  • IEEE Engineering the Future Award: Lund University
  • Chrysler Best Hybrid System Engineering Award: Dartmouth College
  • GM Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Award:
    • 1st Prize ($2,500): Texas A&M University
    • 2nd Prize ($1,500): Milwaukee School of Engineering
    • 3rd Prize ($500): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indianapolis 500 – Emerging Tech Day

Directly following the Formula Hybrid event, on May 7, 2011, six teams caravanned out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Formula Hybrid was invited to headline as engineering innovators in the “Emerging Tech Day” events. Emerging Tech Day was created by IMS to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first running of the Indy 500.

Formula Hybrid teams showcased their cars and ran a full day of autocross at IMS, enjoying almost unlimited access to the excellent course set up by the Indy Region of the SCCA. The six teams made a total of 95 runs around the 30-40 second course.

Winner of the Hybrid category was University of California Davis, and the Electric category winner was the Milwaukee School of Engineering. See the final results (PDF) and photos on Flickr.

2011 Event Information

Important Documents for the 2011 Competition

General Information:

Tech Sheets:

Video Summary of the 2011 Formula Hybrid Competition

This year’s winner: Texas A&M completes a test run at Dartmouth’s Formula Hybrid Competition.

Lund University Racing, hailing from Sweden, undergoes electrical technical inspection.

Brigham Young University.

Formula Hybrid teams “on the bricks” at Indianapolis.

Emerging Tech Day Announcement