Dartmouth’s Formula Hybrid Gears Up for a Sixth Year of Competition


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Dartmouth’s 6th annual Formula Hybrid Competition will take place April 30 to May 3 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the competition features high-performance hybrid and electric race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students.


In preparation for the Formula Hybrid Competition, the Dartmouth Formula Racing team takes its vehicle for a test run in front of the Thayer School of Engineering. The 6th annual competition will take place April 30 to May 3 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Courtesy of Dartmouth Formula Racing)

Students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a long list of rules. Formula hybrid teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars.

“This competition provides a framework for teams to explore and engineer new energy-efficient drivetrain technologies,“ said Wynne Washburn, the competition’s deputy director, ”It’s dynamic and exciting and produces an amazing atmosphere of collaboration and learning throughout each team’s year-long design and development process.“

Watch a video of the 2012 Dartmouth Formula Racing team.

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