Nation’s Only Formula Hybrid Competition Preps for 7th Year


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Dartmouth Formula Racing competes in the endurance event during the 2012 competition. (Photo by Kathryn LoConte Lapierre)

Dartmouth’s 7th annual Formula Hybrid Competition will take place April 29 through May 2 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.

This year, 20 teams are registered for the nation’s only Formula competition focusing on hybrid-car technology.

“I have been honored to participate as a special judge at the Formula Hybrid competitions,“ says Harold Flescher, nuclear physicist, IEEE Life Fellow, and 1995 SCCA FP National Champion. ”The opportunities young people today have to participate in hands-on learning experiences like FH is something we never dreamed about in the 1960s. The depth of knowledge and creativity shown by these students is amazing and inspiring, and each year I anxiously await seeing the new approaches shown and technologies used by these students.”

Dartmouth bases its event on the Formula SAE competition, in which the Dartmouth Formula Racing team competed for over 10 years.

As in Formula SAE, 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 the materials used in their cars.

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