The University of Victoria’s Formula Hybrid team showed off the results of 12 months of hard work today.
Student engineers unveiled the open wheel hybrid car they’ll be racing in this year’s Formula Hybrid Competition.
The event takes place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH next month.
It will see hybrid cars built by students from 35 universities from around the world compete for a place on the podium.
The competition measures acceleration, speed, handling and endurance but just making to the to the track is not a given.
“One of the most difficult things in the competition is just getting through the technical inspections, most teams won’t get a chance to put their vehicles on the track,” said Team business manager Robert Kuhr.
As if to tempt fate, this year, the UVic team is debuting an ultracapacitor based energy storage system.
“Its not something students would typically chose to do, we wanted to try it this year, ” said Team lead Ted Alley.
“with the particular parameters of our car, it was well set up to take advantage.”
The goal is not just to win the race but to shine the spotlight on developing and refining hybrid vehicle technologies
“Students should be able to learn hands-on skills when they’re at school,” said Alley.
“And learn about the up and coming technology that is being used in industry right now. ”
Last year, the Uvic team’s vehicle was damaged while still in the trailer in a car crash on the way to the competition.
They still finished third overall based on presentations and the vehicle’s design.
They’ll be hoping to actually get the vehicle on to the track this year.
The Formula Hybrid Competition takes place during the first week of May.