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UC Davis Formula Hybrid Team Takes 4th

Posted on: May 13, 2011

The Formula Hybrid team representing the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, placed fourth in the 2011 Formula Hybrid International Competition. The event was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, on May 1-4, 2011. The Formula Hybrid team competition attracted teams from 33 institutions and several nations, including Canada, India, Italy, Russia, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The UC Davis Formula Hybrid team was formed in January 2009, and includes students from the UC Davis department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The students placed third in their first competition in 2010. The faculty advisor for the team is Dr. Jae Wan Park.

The Formula Hybrid competition, organized by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and endorsed by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers, challenges undergraduate and graduate college students to design, build, and race high-performance, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles.

Participants must design, build, and compete with an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid racecar. This car must conform to a formula that emphasizes drive train innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application. The first three days of competition consisted of mechanical and electrical technical inspections that ranged from brake and acceleration testing to noise inspection.

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