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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Superstar Racing Bros’ Jordan and Ricky Taylor Help Detroit High School Students in Belle Isle Grand Prix

racing design competition entry assisted by racing stars Jordan and Ricky Taylor.

Jordan Taylor (far left) and brother Ricky Taylor (top right) consult with the Cody High School Racing Team ahead of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

It’s great to see young stars helping teach next generation, so hats off to Jordan and Ricky Taylor.  The famous racing brothers are helping out Cody High School of Detroit, Michigan in developing an electric race car for the the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 29-31.

“It’s always cool to see kids involved in racing, like today here at Cody High,” said Jordan Taylor. — Detroit Free Press

The student project is the subject of a recent article in the Detroit Free Press… 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

7 Hyper Efficient Cars from 2014 Student Racing Season

Students and Teachers building alternative fuel carsIt’s student racing season!  Whether you are racing in the Shell EcoMarathon, Electrathon, National Science BowlCalifornia Energy Invitational, Formula Student, Formula Hybrid, Formula Electric, the Nürburgring Nordschleife or other alternatively fueled race, the winner is most definitely the planet!

Thousands of miles will be raced with thousands of gallons and decibels of noise pollution being reduced. Not to mention the thousands of students and millions of brain cells enhanced through the design of automobiles that use less gasoline. Hybrid, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, electric, bio-diesel, ethanol… they’re all here.  Enjoy our gallery of Student Racers below the fold! Read more of this post

Georgia High School Students Compete in Electrathon Racing

High School Students in Georgia with Electrathon Racer

High School Students Race Electrathon electric race car they built themselves.

Solid driving by junior T.J. Blanchette and senior Lisa Reed along with good engineering by the Mill Creek High School Electrathon team resulted in a first place finish for the Hawks during the April 19 Electrathon America race at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga.

The race consisted of two, hour-long heats in which drivers attempted to cover the greatest distance possible within the allotted time. High schools represented at the race included Mill Creek, Grayson, Lambert, Rabun County, Brooks County, South Forysth, North Forsyth and Forsyth Central. Read More

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