Racing enthusiasts will not hear the roar of engines from these cars at the fourth annual Formula Hybrid International Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week, they are far too quiet.

These aspiring engineers that hail from 30 different universities and five different countries will take to the track today to run the high performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles they have spent all year designing and building.

The teams will be evaluated in three different categories throughout the day including, an acceleration run which assesses the car’s straight line acceleration, autocross which assesses the car’s maneuverability on a tight course, and finally design/marketing which assesses the team’s ability to present a case.   

Hard work and dedication is a key element in completing this project.  One team that understands this commitment is the MADI State Technical University, of Moscow, Russia. 

“The Russian team has been with us since our first year in 2007. In 2007 and 2008 they attended the event without their vehicle. It is very challenging for them to get a car to the United States,” said Wynne Washburn Deputy Director, Formula Hybrid International Competition.  “Last year they brought it and had some setbacks but made it onto the track. This year I know the car is ready to go,” she said.

Students will have a chance to showcase their cars in front of an elite panel of judges today.  Toyota and Chevrolet both have representatives at the speedway, in search of the next great engineer.

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