Dartmouth welcomes 30 teams from around the world to its 4th-annual Formula Hybrid International Competition

April 28, 2010

CONTACT: Catharine Lamm
1-603-646-3943

Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the 4th annual Formula Hybrid International Competition will take place next week on May 3–6 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. The competition features high-performance hybrid race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology at the 2009 competition.

Thirty teams are registered including from Russia, China/Taiwan, Canada, and Italy. This year, along with fuel efficiency, teams must also show the judges ample consideration for sustainability of materials used in their cars.

Dartmouth modeled its event after the Formula SAE® competition, in which Dartmouth students competed for over 10 years.

Like Formula SAE®, students must also consider the design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a long list of rules.

"The best day to attend is Wednesday, May 5th for the morning Acceleration Runs or at 1:00pm for the Autocross Event," said Wynne Washburn, the competition's Deputy Director, "Then stop by the BBQ hosted by Dartmouth Society of Engineers and the IEEE Student Chapter" (6:30pm).

See the competition website for more schedule information.

Competition sponsors include the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, SolidWorks, Plug In America, Toyota, General Motors, and Chrysler.