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Day 4 Wrap-Up

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:

Hytech Racing got on the track after lunch and after passing a rain test and was able to complete over 20 laps. Lawrence Tech also got some track time although they were ineligible to earn points.

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!

Dartmouth Formula Racing in the Endurance Event

Dartmouth Formula Racing in the Endurance Event

Ashwa Racing (RV College of Engineering) was very excited to finish a total of 41 laps in Endurance!

Ashwa Racing Celebrates

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

Final competition results are being posted HERE. Meanwhile, be sure to check our Flickr album for new photos! (Videos coming soon…)

Formula Hybrid 2018

Day 3 Highlights

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.

Winners of the Project Management competition were RIT Hot Wheelz for the hybrid category and Hytech Racing for electric-only.

Design competition finalists were Ashwa Racing & Dartmouth Formula Racing for hybrid and Hytech Racing & UVM AERO for electric-only.

Teams that passed all mechanical & electrical inspections are: Ashwa Racing; Dartmouth Formula Racing; Michigan Hybrid Racing; Princeton Racing Electric; UVM AERO; and HyTech Racing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for results of the Acceleration and Autocross events.

And check our Flickr album for new photos!

Formula Hybrid 2018

MSOE Defending Champs Return with Brand New Build

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.

MSOE team

l to r: Harry Snyder, Joe Greuel, RJ Arlt, Kevin Pezzopane, Bailey Menarek, Alex Banse, Dr. Matt Schaefer, and Chandler Smith work on the car from MSOE.

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?”

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!

Milwaukee School of Engineering Named Hybrid Champs at Dartmouth Competition

Rochester Institute of Technology’s all-Female Team Wins Best Electric Car

Competition champs on the endurance run: MSOE (top) and RIT (bottom). See full album on Flickr.

For the first time in its 11-year history, a student-built hybrid car completed the entire 44-lap endurance run at the international Formula Hybrid Competition. That same car was also the fastest ever, making its builders, “Mozee Motorsports” from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), not only record-breakers, but competition champions.

In another first at the Dartmouth-run competition, the top electric vehicle award went to a team of all-female engineers. Hailing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, the 50-member “RIT Hot Wheelz Formula SAE Electric” team took top honors in the electric vehicle category after spending the last 10 months building their powerful orange car, and passing numerous inspections and track runs with flying colors at last week’s competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

So, how did MSOE manage to break two records?

“Lots of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. And properly managing our limited resources,” the team responded in a tweet. Not to mention that — as a prime example of the atmosphere of camaraderie — when it came down to the wire, and their axle broke, the competing team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute lent them a replacement.

Taking second and third places in the hybrid category were two teams from India, Ashwa Racing from RV College of Engineering in Bangalore and Hybrutos Racing from SRM University in Chennai. To ensure the safe arrival of their vehicles in time for the competition, the Indian teams had to finish their vehicle construction much earlier. Ashwa Racing shipped its hybrid car the first week of March to get it to New Hampshire in time for this month’s competition. “Gendry (Game of Thrones) helped in shipping. Took the whole of season 6,” the team joked.

Teams from India: RV College (l) and SRM University (r). See full album on Flickr.

Nineteen teams from across the US, Canada and India competed in the four-day event, from May 1 – 4, bringing with them 250 engineering students who committed thousands of hours to building highly sophisticated vehicles. Many other team members cheered from their home campuses.

Similar to the Formula SAE® competition, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle while abiding by rules that minimize risk and preserve students’ freedom to innovate. This is the only competition of its type in the world with both hybrid and electric categories.

“One of the great learning outcomes of this competition is that complex machines fail in complex ways,” said Douglas Van Citters, Chief Mechanical Technical Inspector for Formula Hybrid, and assistant professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, which both founded and runs the event. “Even better, however, is that the students rise to the occasion and not only help members of their own team, but they reach across the bays to help each other ‘get on track.’  It is a tremendous exhibition of problem solving, sportsmanship, and shared experiences that few of these students will ever forget.”

2017 OFFICIAL RESULTS

First place teams MSOE (top) and RIT (bottom). See full album on Flickr.

Hybrid Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

  1. Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  2. RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing)
  3. SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)
  4. Dartmouth College (Dartmouth Formula Racing)
  5. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor  (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  6. Lawrence Technological University (Blue Devil Motorsports)

Electric-Only Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)
  2. Princeton University (Princeton Racing Electric)
  3. University of Vermont (UVM AERO)
  4. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Motorsports)
  5. Tufts University (Tufts Racing)
  6. Georgia Tech (HyTech Racing)

2017 SPONSORED AWARDS

  • General Motors Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award (Trophy & $2,500.00)
    SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)
  • General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award (Trophy & $2,500.00)
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  • FCA Innovation Award ($1,000.00)
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  • FCA Industrial Design Award ($1,000.00)
    Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  • FCA Gracious Professionalism Award ($1,000.00)
    Amrita Institute of Technology & Science (Formula Hybrid Agraganya)
  • IEEE Engineering the Future Award (Trophy)
    Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  • IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award (Trophy)
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)

About Formula Hybrid

Like Formula SAE®, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a list of rules that minimize risk while preserving the students’ freedom to innovate. Formula Hybrid teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars providing students with a uniquely challenging experiential learning opportunity. Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth founded Formula Hybrid in 2006 and continues to organize and host the competition each year. Follow @Formula_Hybrid for results and plans for 2018.

Sponsors

Competition sponsors include SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)New Hampshire Motor SpeedwaySports Car Club of AmericaLG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, FordGeneral MotorsFiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota. See full list of sponsors.

About Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth prepares leaders for a technology-driven world while solving pressing, real-world problems through research and entrepreneurship. Consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities for its commitment to teaching, Dartmouth is the first national research university to graduate a majority-female class of undergraduate engineers.

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