Watch the 2018 Formula Hybrid results in video form! Or browse the photo set linked below. See also the official results news release.
This year New Hampshire Motor Speedway brought all kinds of weather to Formula Hybrid—wintery cold, spring rain, summer heat, and today some thunderstorms!
Five teams were ready bright and early to take a shot at today’s Endurance Event:
- Dartmouth Formula Racing
- Princeton Racing Electric
- Ashwa Racing
- UVM AERO, and
- Lafayette Motorsports.
Endurance is the most challenging of the dynamic events where the cars must prove their durability over a distance of 44 kilometers which includes two climbs per lap totaling more than 72 feet. All vehicles begin with fully charged accumulators (batteries or capacitors). Hybrids are given an additional allocation of liquid fuel so that all hybrid vehicles start with the same amount of energy. Electric-only vehicles must complete Endurance with the energy contained in their accumulators.
RIT Hot Wheelz also passed the rain test and tried hard to get to the track but had to stop after mechanical problems arose at the brake test. (They can still stand proud with a first place finish in the Project Management competition!)
Dartmouth Formula Racing was the only team this year to complete all 44 laps of the Endurance Event and also came in first in the hybrid category for Design, Acceleration, and Autocross. It’s the first time Dartmouth has ever completed all events at Formula Hybrid!
Ashwa Racing (RV College of Engineering) was very excited to finish a total of 41 laps in Endurance!
And a few things the cameras don’t always show:
“The thing that’s really cool to me, that I wouldn’t have expected, is the willingness of all the teams to help each other out. It’s a lot more of a ‘we’re all in this together’ atmosphere than I would have thought. The amount of camaraderie here is pretty remarkable.” —Max Schwegman, Princeton senior ME major
“[Formula Hybrid]’s not only job skills and personal skills, but it’s also seeing it all put together. It’s so much different than seeing it as a model on a computer. Everything you worked on is all together and working in front of you. It’s a beautiful experience. Seeing the application of so much that I’m learning in automotive, it’s actually solidified this as as a potential direction I want to go. There are so many different opportunities and fields, and then, wow, here’s a race car. I didn’t think of this as a direction to pursue before.” —George Spearing, UVM freshman EE major
Blue skies and surprisingly hot temps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today, but teams kept their cool as they worked diligently to get their cars ready for the track.
Stay tuned tomorrow for results of the Acceleration and Autocross events.
And check our Flickr album for new photos!
Defending champs from last year’s Formula Hybrid competition, the Mozee Motorsports team from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, went back to the drawing board to build this year’s parallel hybrid, says faculty advisor Dr. Matthew Schaefer.
“It was just time to start over from scratch,” says Schaefer, who is back in Loudon this week for his fifth time at the competition, fourth as the team’s adviser. Only the tires and steering wheel are returning from last year’s car, he says.
What’s the biggest difference this year? “Power,” says Schaefer. The upgraded power train has double the power of the previous incarnation. The car’s lightweight and durable SwissAuto 250 engine, donated to the team by Polaris, enables a quick acceleration from 15 to about 62 mph, based on testing, Schaefer says.
“The max speed is in the same ballpark (as last year’s car),” Schaefer says, “but we should be able to get there a lot faster,” which the team hopes will help them in the acceleration event.
The car features a unique octagonal frame design that incorporates the side pods where the batteries are stored.
“By using those as part of the frame, the rectangular frame doesn’t have to be quite as stiff because those side pods are doing some of the work,” Schaefer explains.
As a result, however, the team encountered a tight space that made suspension design more challenging.
Sophomore Harry Snyder was responsible for steering and building the pedal box, as well as managing the team’s finances. “Having some say over what the seniors get to do is kinda fun,” he says, smirking.
Thanks to his experience on the Formula Hybrid team, Snyder snagged an internship at Hayes Brake Company. “Getting experience is a big part of it,” he says, “and also making friends.”
Schaefer says the team’s organizational structure resembles an automotive company, with the club acting as decision-maker while the seniors working on design projects make up the R&D arm. This keeps students from all levels involved from year-to-year, he says.
“How often do you have students at every grade level working together on the same project?”
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.
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.
Tune in tomorrow for more!