This year marks the 5th year that the Formula Hybrid competition will be
held. NER has been involved since the beginning providing equipment and
personnel to this great event. With its blend of engineering education, on
track action and environmental responsibility it not only breeds better
engineers, but also introduces them to the world of grass roots motorsports.
I'm a prime example. My freshman year of college I was taken to my first
autocross and raced a car built for the older sister program Formula Hybrid,
Formula SAE. I became an SCCA member at that event and this fall received my
10 year membership pin.
Formula Hybrid, held in early may at NHMS, has grown out of the Formula SAE collegiate design competition. In both competitions students design and construct formula style race cars. Formula SAE cars are small with a minimum wheelbase of 60in. and maximum engine size of 600cc. Formula Hybrid takes this design problem one step further by making the cars electric-internal combustion hybrids. At the competition the students get judged on their cars in categories such as cost and overall design, but the best part these cars are actually driven. And better yet, driven in anger. The students get to take the vehicles they've spent the past year building and compete in timed events. This is where the NER and You come in!