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3. Formula Hybrid’s lessons in teamwork

From its start more than one hundred years ago automobile racing was all about innovation and improving the breed. Early pioneers of the sport like Marcel Renault, Henry Ford and the Chevrolet brothers built racing cars to showcase their products, demonstrate their reliability and develop their automobiles amid the white heat of competition.

Over the decades many of the concepts that have made today’s automobiles deceptively effective and reliable were developed on the racetrack, including pneumatic tires, rear view mirrors,  independent suspension, monocoque and crash-resistant chassis, rear engines, disc brakes and turbochargers. Continue reading ‘3. Formula Hybrid’s lessons in teamwork’

2. More on Formula Hybrid’s basic parameters

University of Madison Wisconsin gets ready to run the track at the 3rd annual Formula Hybrid International Competition.

In this week’s second Formula Hybrid blog I continue, with Doug Fraser’s help, to discuss the primary rules and theories that define the annual early May contest at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Doug starts this week by describing his essential concept of the Formula Hybrid rules.

“Of course, there are many different hybrid configurations,” Fraser notes. “The Formula Hybrid  rules require that the vehicle has an internal combustion engine and an electric motor system as opposed to hydraulic accumulators, flywheels and fuel cells. The only devices that are approved for electric accumulators are batteries or capacitors and they have very different characteristics that can be used to advantage in different ways.” Continue reading ‘2. More on Formula Hybrid’s basic parameters’

1. Exploring Formula Hybrid’s genesis and essential rules

Gordon Kirby

Gordon Kirby

Allow me first of all to introduce myself. I am the United States editor of Motor Sport magazine, the world’s oldest motor racing periodical founded in 1924. I’ve covered automobile racing across the United States and around the world for forty years and I’m delighted to have accepted Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering‘s invitation to write a bi-weekly blog about the Formula Hybrid competition.

As most of you know, the Formula Hybrid competition takes place every year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over two days in early May. An offshoot of the very successful Formula SAE inter-university contest Formula Hybrid is for hybrids only, which are not allowed in Formula SAE. Continue reading ‘1. Exploring Formula Hybrid’s genesis and essential rules’