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.