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Endurance Event

In a nutshell, 6 teams got their cars ready and running for the Endurance Event with U. Michigan completing the highest number of laps (22). The teams were:

  • U. Michigan
  • Yale
  • Dartmouth
  • Lawrence Tech
  • U. Waterloo
  • U. Idaho
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Yale debriefs after the Endurance Event

Update: Day 4

The autocross event closed, but not before Lawrence Tech got their car out on the track:
Lawrence Tech autocross

Tune in between 12–3pm for updates on the Endurance Event which has doubled in length for this year’s competition. Looks like it may warm up a bit by then!

Meanwhile, check out the news coverage from WMUR-TV that ran last night with this great quote from Adam Tallman of Lawrence Tech:

“I’m a fifth year senior and I’ve been working in the field for 3 years and I’ve learned more on this car than those 2 combined. It’s a wonderful, wonderful experience.”

Wednesday Results: Autocross And Acceleration

After an exciting day of testing, tilting, braking, accelerating, and weaving through the autocross course, the teams all gathered with their cars on the track for the group photo. (Which should be posted to the Formula Hybrid flickr shortly: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayerschool/)

But before that, all the teams worked hard to get cleared to race their cars. Only four teams were successful in passing all of the rigorous safety checks and tests in order to race. There were two electric cars, UVM Aero and Dartmouth Formula Racing, as well as two hybrids, Yale Bulldog Racing and Lawrence Tech Blue Devils Racing. 

The acceleration event was exhilarating, with UVM topping Dartmouth in the Electric acceleration. UVM ran the 75 meters in 5.604s, with Dartmouth clocking in at 6.181. Yale tore up the track with a 5.28, which was the fastest run of the day. Lawrence Tech followed with a 5.982 for their hybrid racecar.

 

The autocross was also exciting. Both the electrical cars had some problems, with Dartmouth Formula Racing overheating their batteries just before the finish line, and UVM Aero running out of charge on their last run. UVM still took the race with a 54.14s time, Dartmouth close behind coming in at 56.14s. 

 

Yale topped the field again in the autocross with a blistering time of 49.2s. Lawrence Tech followed with a 63s run. 

 

Tomorrow, starting at 1 will be the endurance event. Stay tuned for tweeting coming from @formula_hybrid and live streaming at formula-hybrid.org/live

 

4 Teams Cleared to Race

Yale Bulldogs Racing, Dartmouth Formula Hybrid, University of Vermont Aero, and Lawrence Tech Blue Devil Racing have all passed the inspections necessary for them to race. The tests are comprehensive, and include a mechanical inspection, electrical inspection, a tilt test, an egress test (to see how fast the drivers can exit the vehicle), a fuel test, and a braking test. After a team passes all of these tests they are cleared to race. 

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Above: Lawrence Tech undergoes mechanical inspection

 

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Yale Bulldogs Racing after passing the brake test

 

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After passing each of the required tests, the car is given a signed sticker. After passing all tests, the car body receives the full 2013, signifying it is ready to race. 

 

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Dartmouth Formula Racing on the test track

 

Competing Teams Prepare for Inspections

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Monday morning finds several teams at New Hampshire Motor Speedway bright and early, unloading their cars and performing final adjustments and checks in order to pass the technical inspections. Every team has to go through a rigorous mechanical and electrical inspection in order to clear their car for the competition. Above, students from Carleton University work on their car, and below, members of host-team, Dartmouth Formula Racing prepare their car for inspection. 

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