Formula Hybrid Returns to NHMS
A full schedule of the week's Formula Hybrid events can be found here.
LOUDON, N.H. - The only such contest of its kind in the United States, Dartmouth's eighth annual Formula Hybrid Competition returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway April 28 through May 1. Featuring high-performance hybrid and electric race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students, the Formula Hybrid Competition is run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
A total of 24 schools and universities, including teams from Canada, India and Turkey, are registered for the four-day Formula competition - the only of its kind in the nation to focus primarily on hybrid-car technology.
This year's schedule includes the Formula Hybrid School Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Throughout this day, middle and high school students will take part in guided tours with volunteers from the New England Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and other knowledgeable experts.
New Hampshire schools attending Tuesday's School Day include:
- Belmont High School (Belmont)
- Claremont Middle School (Claremont)
- Great Bay eLearning Charter School (Exeter)
- Teams Charter School (Penacook)
- Tilton School (Tilton)
- Windsor High School (Windsor)
The most dynamic day as far as action on the track will be Wednesday, with both the Acceleration Runs (9 a.m.-noon) and Autocross (1-4 p.m.) taking their turns. Thursday is the Endurance event (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with awards to follow on-track competition.
Like 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 materials used in their cars.
Student teams designing and constructing a Formula Hybrid car can immerse themselves in any or all of the following disciplines:
- High-power electronics, including motors, generators, controllers, and DC-DC converters
- Mechanical systems, including suspension, steering, braking, chassis design, body design, and ergonomics
- Race strategy and energy management
- Computerized systems control
- Data acquisition
- Internal combustion engines, including intake and exhaust systems, fuel management, camshaft profile design, and ignition systems
- Regenerative braking systems
- Project management
Competition sponsors include New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, SAE International, IEEE, SCCA New England Region and Reliable Carriers, Inc.