The University of Victoria racing team from Canada won first place in the hybrid category at the 2019 Formula Hybrid competition. Armed with a relatively light-weight capacitor-based system, the “UVic Hybrid” team earned top scores for Engineering Design, Acceleration, and Autocross. HyTech Racing from Georgia Tech defended their 2018 first place title in the electric category with high scores in Design and Autocross and also Endurance, finishing all 44 laps of that event.
Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, this year’s competition drew 20 teams from across the US and Canada, as well as India, to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon from April 29–May 2. Similar to Formula SAE®, Formula Hybrid challenges undergraduate and graduate engineering student teams to build innovative high-performance hybrid and electric race cars while adhering to strict safety standards.
Other results include RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing) and UVM Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO) earning top honors in the Project Management competition, and Princeton Racing Electric winning the electric-only acceleration event by just one tenth of a second. Dartmouth Formula Racing completed 17 laps to win the hybrid category Endurance event and also logged the fastest times for both Acceleration and Autocross but was disqualified from earning points in those events due to missing the required drivers’ meeting.
“2019 was a year of firsts,” said Mike Chapman ’76 Th’77, the new Director of Formula Hybrid who has served every year as a judge at the competition. “This was the first year for Jessica Kinzie, our new Coordinating Manager who, even with a six-month late start, did a wonderful job coordinating—sometimes herding—all of the teams, volunteers, and sponsors.
“This was also my first year as Director, transitioning from the founder of Formula Hybrid, Doug Fraser. Working as a volunteer since the start of the competition and as a sponsor for the last six years gave me a jump-start, but leading this year’s competition to a successful conclusion wouldn’t have been possible without Doug, Jess, and all of the many Formula Hybrid volunteers.
“Another change,” continued Chapman, “was that the Wednesday night student reception was held at the nearby North East Motor Sports Museum. Team members and volunteers enjoyed pizza and were able to see vintage and modern racing vehicles and memorabilia. In the entryway of the museum is a wall of commemorative bricks, soon to include one celebrating Doug Fraser’s retirement from Dartmouth and Formula Hybrid.
“On the down side, this was the first year that our large automotive sponsors weren’t able to participate. While this was disappointing, we’ve already started reaching out to new potential sponsors. We expect that we’ll be able to build next year’s sponsor list with companies like this year’s first-year sponsor McLaren Applied Technologies.”
Doug Fraser, Senior Research Engineer at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Founder and Director of Formula Hybrid for 12 years, will retire this spring. Fraser was awarded the Carroll Smith Mentor’s Cup by Formula SAE® and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in recognition of extraordinary levels of personal time and expertise given to engineering education, and the ability to serve as an exceptional role model for students. Throughout his 37 years of service to Dartmouth, his work has been anchored by a deep commitment to collaborating across disciplines and to mentoring students.
Last year, Fraser led Formula Hybrid to earn one of the most coveted prizes in engineering education: The ABET Innovation Award. Formula Hybrid was selected—in the words of Steven Cramer, chair of the ABET Innovation Award Subcommittee and vice provost for teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—“because of its broad and sustained impact in innovative energy-efficient design experiences that enhance the 21st-century skills of students.”
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!
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!
Rochester Institute of Technology’s all-Female Team Wins Best Electric Car
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.
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
Hybrid Category | 1st – 6th place trophies
- Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
- RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing)
- SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)
- Dartmouth College (Dartmouth Formula Racing)
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
- Lawrence Technological University (Blue Devil Motorsports)
Electric-Only Category | 1st – 6th place trophies
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)
- Princeton University (Princeton Racing Electric)
- University of Vermont (UVM AERO)
- Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Motorsports)
- Tufts University (Tufts Racing)
- 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.
Competition sponsors include SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sports Car Club of America, LG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, Ford, General Motors, Fiat 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.