MSOE Formula Hybrid Team to Compete in Formula-Hybrid Competition
This spring, the MSOE Formula Hybrid team will compete against more than 30 other schools from around the world in Loudon, New Hampshire in the Society of Automotive Engineers 2011 Formula Hybrid competition. This international event takes place May 1 through May 4 and will test the design, reliability, performance, acceleration, and endurance of each team’s hybrid racecar.
The 16-person team is a mix of mechanical, electrical, computer, and software engineers, including both upper and lower classmen. The mix of engineering skills and backgrounds is essential in successfully accomplishing the team’s complex and diverse goals.
By competition, the team hopes to shed over 300 pounds from the previous vehicle to increase efficiency. In addition, they are implementing a software-controlled electronic differential, an onboard power generation system, and weight-reduced brakes and uprights. Most importantly, their aerodynamic vehicle will get its hybrid power from lithium ion batteries, generously donated by Milwaukee Electric Tool.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but have come a long way and have strong backing from our sponsors such as Rockwell Automation, I’m confident of our ability to achieve great things,” says Sven Krause, Team Leader. “Despite only our second year, we have the chance of really becoming a dominant force at the international competition.”
More information about the MSOE Formula Hybrid team and its progress can be found at http://www.msoeformulahybrid.com. For more information about the SAE Formula Hybrid competition, visit http://www.formula-hybrid.org/index.php.