Formula Hybrid celebrates students and instructors who strive for quality and ingenuity in engineering by awarding the top finishers in the hybrid and electric classes with trophies.

Sponsored Awards

Platinum sponsors annually select distinct areas of engineering to honor with special awards:

NEW! The TestEquity “Hit the Ground Running” Prize (PDF)

This prize will be awarded to the two teams that arrive at the competition with vehicles that are deemed to be the most ready to hit the ground running.

Teams must notify the organizers at least one day before arrival if they wish to be considered for the prize.  Formula Hybrid judges will then meet the teams and view the vehicles as they are being unloaded.

Judging criteria are:

  • Vehicle completeness
  • Documentation organization
  • Organization of equipment and spares
  • Preplanning and setup of garage workspace

First prize:

DSOX1102G Digital Storage Oscilloscope with the 100 MHz Bandwidth Upgrade. ($1377.00 Value)

This includes the 2 serial decode options:

  • SPI, UART/RS232 (DSOX1EMBD) CAN, LIN (automotive) (DSOX1AUTO)

Second prize:

U1282A Series Handheld Digital Multimeter ($499.00 Value)

The winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Tuesday morning.

General Motors Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award (Trophy & $1,000.00) 

This award recognizes the team which best demonstrates the true spirit of Formula Hybrid: A multidisciplinary educational endeavor mixed with friendly and professional competition. The team that receives this award has not only produced a racecar using sound engineering judgement, but has continuously excelled in teamwork and collaboration. Additionally, General Motors seeks to highlight the importance of project management in the engineering process. We commend the team which demonstrates exceptional preparedness and true completeness. This award highlights defensible designs and decisions while working within constraints of time, budget, and rules. We recognize the Formula Hybrid effort as a holistic challenge, requiring a careful balance of many ingredients.

General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award (Trophy & $1,000.00)

This award recognizes the team which best demonstrates professionalism and accomplishment in four categories: engineering design, ingenuity, execution, and vehicle performance. Teams considered for this award will demonstrate rigorous attention to a purposeful engineering process. The award recipient will demonstrate a novel approach to one or more aspects of racecar development, ranging from component or system design to validation methods. General Motors wishes to recognize a team that understands that innovation is not without risk, yet has the courage to do something exceptionally difficult or unique. Concurrently, we applaud the team that defends their design concisely, logically, and accurately through the use of appropriate engineering methodology and analysis. Lastly, teams considered for this award must present an exciting product – demonstrated in appearance and performance.

FCA Innovation Award ($1,000.00)

This award celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of competition.  The unique feature can be traced from conception to deployment throughout the team’s design process.  Since innovation involves risk of failure, the team responded appropriately and persevered through challenges and failures.  The unique feature has a practical application and demonstrates engineering ingenuity.


  • The team can competently describe the feature
  • The team took a risk and created this device/strategy rather than discovered it after the vehicle was built
  • It is highly original in concept or execution
  • Its uniqueness has practical application even if the vehicle did not perform the best on the track

FCA Industrial Design Award ($1,000.00)

This award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed and well-built vehicle.  The design is elegant, simple, and practical.  The vehicle is built with quality and workmanship.  The entire vehicle reflects a system approach that takes into consideration the many different functional systems operating together to achieve the goal.  Not just performance but reliability and maintainability are factors too.  The entire vehicle is worthy of recognition and not just a single component.


  • Vehicle design is simple and executable
  • The vehicle can withstand the rigors of competition and maintain functionality
  • The team values workmanship in both the vehicle design and supporting equipment, e.g. clean welds, joints, wiring, paint, organized pit area, tools,
  • The vehicle is designed with maintainability in mind, i.e. can be diagnosed and serviced easily during the competition

FCA Gracious Professionalism Award ($1,000.00)

The goal of this award is to celebrate gracious professionalism.  The team that wins this award demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, team collaboration, and gracious attitude both on and off the track.  While engineering ingenuity is celebrated throughout the competition, we wanted to highlight the importance of a positive and collaborative attitude.   In today’s ever diversifying workforce, talent is important and so it’s the ability communicate and work with others.  The team that wins this award demonstrates professionalism desired by any company in any industry.


  • The team consistently demonstrates good sportsmanship and positive spirit – on and off the track
  • The team is humble and cooperative toward everyone in the competition, e.g. judges, inspectors, other teams,
  • The team demonstrates collaboration and teamwork within its own organization. They may describe the following:
    • How collaboration was conducted during the build season
    • How the teams divided up tasks fairly and equitably
    • How teammates resolved differences in design concepts
    • How working together as a group was beneficial over working independently

IEEE Engineering the Future Award (Trophy)

Engineering the Future –  This award considers the multidisciplinary makeup of the team and evidence that the vehicle design contained all of the features of a proper racecar. IEEE Engineering the Future also considers whether the vehicle creates a desire to “take it onto the track and see how it performs.”

IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award (Trophy)

Excellence in EV Engineering –  This award focuses on the entire EV engineering process. Judging begins when the Design and Sustainability reports are submitted. The judging continues at the Speedway with an evaluation of each team’s implementation and performance during the dynamics events. Significant emphasis is placed upon preparation, team dynamics, and attention to details. Also important are the intangibles that lead to good performance, reliability, and establish or continue a legacy.