PODCAST 130: Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser Previews 2015 Competition

Formula Hybrid open wheel race car dartmouth university

Photo from 2014 Formula Hybrid

Engineering students across the country are losing sleep and slacking on their other subjects. So says the founder of Formula Hybrid, Doug Fraser, who came on the Podcast to talk about preparations for this year’s competition. PODCAST Listen Here

Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser

Doug Fraser, Formula Hybrid

Formula Hybrid takes place April 27 – 30, 2015 at the new Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Founded and run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University since 2006, the competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series.

According to the website, Formula Hybrid is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. They must collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in hybrid racecar and compete in a series of events. The educational competition emphasizes drivetrain innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application. Read more of this post

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MSU engineering students building ‘car of the future’

engineering students building electric car of the future

MSU Engineering Students

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Driven to lead in vehicle performance and energy efficiency, Mississippi State University engineers are steering development of the “Car of the Future.” Though the vehicle may look like a typical crossover SUV, its engine will not be connected to the wheels like conventional automobiles. Instead, the engine will rotate a generator that charges an energy storage system which will provide power to two electric motors driving the rear wheels. “Our focus here is trying to demonstrate Mississippi State’s capabilities in developing advanced technology to enhance vehicle technology,” said principal investigator Zach Rowland, deputy director of MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. “The goal is to advance the technologies by developing the engineering technology and the engineers that will help promote and advance vehicle design.” READ MORE

PODCAST 127: Team Captain of Formula Hybrid Winner, Dartmouth’s Eric Din

Dartmouth Formula Racing - Winner of the 2014 Formula Hybrid at NH

Formula Hybrid Winners: Top row, left to right: Paul Hogan, Christopher Rhoades, Eric Din, William Jewett; Bottom row, left to right: Arthur Bledsoe, Erik Skarin (driver), Sean Hammett

Our latest Podcast is with Eric Leung Din, Captain of the Dartmouth Formula Racing Team. Dartmouth recently won the Electric Division of the 2014 Formula Hybrid Competition. PODCAST: LISTEN NOW

If you’re wondering about the secret behind Dartmouth’s win, Eric Din dishes out some juicy details on the Podcast, like who supplied the motor/controller, who supplied the battery management, and why the car is named Shona. Of course, Dartmouth had home field advantage as host for the competition along with the Thayer School of Engineering. Read more of this post

Tustin T-Tech Wins 2014 California Energy Invitational

tustin-t-tech-2014-winners Congratulations to our friends at from Tustin High School’s T-Tech Engineering Program!  We learned via email they are celebrating a first place finish at the 2014 UC Irvine Energy Invitational in Riverside, CA this past weekend.

Tustin High School’s engineering program is a favorite of ours as they use our Racer8 electric go kart as their race vehicle.  We also had the team on our Podcast last year when they were the runners up for the 2013 Invitational. Read more of this post

Junked Jetta Transformed into Electric Car by UVA Engineering Students

UVA Students make electric car out of totalled Jetta.

Jetta virtually unrecognizable after treatment by UVA Engineering Students.

(NBC29) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – A Volkswagen at the University of Virginia is now a fully electric sport car. (WATCH VIDEO) A team of undergraduates used the body of a totaled Jetta – donated by State Farm insurance – to redesign an electric car with safety in mind as their senior capstone project. They have been working  to remodel the car since August. Read more of this post

FL High School Students Build Electrathon Racers [VIDEO]

High School Students working on an Electrathon Race Car

Students from Crestview High School in Florida

(Crestview News Bulletin) CRESTVIEW —  For the first time in Crestview High School history, students will participate in an electric car race.

VIDEO: Watch a test run of a CHS electic car>>

Two teams will enter battery-powered cars in the sixth annual Emerald Coast Electrathon 120 Classic, scheduled for April 26 at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.

More than 20 local and national teams including high schools, colleges and individual enthusiasts, are expected to compete, race promoter Vaughn Nichols said. Read more of this post

Iowa School for Deaf Builds Electric Car

Students working on electric car

Students from Iowa School for the Deaf build electric car

(Daily Nonpariel) Metal shop students at the Iowa School for the Deaf built a translucent electric car as part of a classroom project designed to fuse teamwork with engineering principles.

The vehicle was built by students after working on a prototype earlier in the year. The Power Drive program offers organized rallies to show off and test vehicles, culminating in a contest scoring the vehicles on braking, maneuverability and endurance.

DJ Meyer said the driver must weigh less than 120 pounds and be able to exit the car in 20 seconds – their main driver can do it in 12 – in case of an emergency. The car’s insignia, N-78, refers to it being in the novice class, open to teams of students who have not participated in the contest previously. Read More