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What is Formula Hybrid?. An outgrowth of Formula SAE program. Based on the FSAE rules & events Started at Dartmouth University First (real) Competition in 2007. “emphasizes drive train innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application” . Why Formula Hybrid? (for you).

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what is formula hybrid
What is Formula Hybrid?
  • An outgrowth of Formula SAE program.
  • Based on the FSAE rules & events
  • Started at Dartmouth University
  • First (real) Competition in 2007.
  • “emphasizes drive train innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application”
why formula hybrid for you
Why Formula Hybrid?(for you)
  • Educational – hands on learning
    • Build a team (we don’t officially exist yet)
    • Build a car
  • Learn, Design, Build modern technology
  • Racing is fun (driving is fun?)
  • Friendship & Camaraderie: teammates have similar interests
why formula hybrid in the world
Why Formula Hybrid?(in the world)
  • Electrics are FAST, consider:
    • Tesla Motors’ Electric Roadster
    • PML’s 640hp Mini Cooper
  • Hybrid Cars should be FASTER than I.C.E. cars.

The industry and the public need a kick in the pants: (Green Technology≠

Low Performance)

areas for growth electrical controls
Areas for growth: Electrical & controls
  • Electronic traction, stability control
  • High power electronic design
  • High power motor design
  • Performance/efficiency maximizing algorithms
  • Energy management algorithms
  • More
areas for growth energy
Areas for growth:Energy
  • Improve performance and fuel efficiency
  • Explore alternative fuels
  • Develop drivetrain considering Plug-in HEV approach and/or distributed generation
  • Develop practical solutions
the state of rpi formula hybrid
The State of RPI Formula Hybrid
  • This is a startup effort
  • The team is IN THIS ROOM!
possible officer positions
Possible Officer Positions
  • Team Leader
  • Finance Manager
  • IT / Tech
  • Chassis & Suspension Lead
  • Controls Lead
  • Engine Lead
  • Drivetrain Lead
  • Safety Manager & Rules Oversight
    • Personality needs some heft (he has final word)
    • Person needs good sense (not too conservative/liberal)
  • Shop manager
  • Business manager
challenges what we need
Challenges(what we need)
  • Money (sponsors)
  • Space (a shop in which to build)
  • Tools (see also, sponsors)
  • Raw Materials/Parts
  • Need to find a professor to act as an advisor
  • A way to transport the car to the competition.
timeline a 2 year startup effort
Timeline:A 2-year startup effort
  • 2007 Competition is May 5,6,7
    • An effort to have a CAR by then would be foolish: poor quality car, overworked people, unlikely sponsorship
  • Instead, plan for 2008 Competition (likely in first full week in May)
    • Plan to DOMINATE
  • Strategy: Form RPI Formula Hybrid, build a solid foundation, develop car designs, research,

construct car for 2008 competition.

what you get out of it
What you get out of it
  • Experience
  • Resume builder
  • Learn the technology that will drive cars for the next 25+ years.
  • Can do related projects for credit, given a professor to sponsor them (you)
q a and discussion
Q & Aand discussion
  • About the car
  • Officer positions
  • Skills, background, your plans
  • REMINDER: NEXT MEETING Wednesday, 9pm in one of the DCC rooms.

For more information, see or email

email list
Email List
  • Join the email list so we can all keep updated.  The RPI Formula Hybrid list is 

  • You can sign up by:
    • browsing to ,
    • clicking on "Rensselaer User Access,"
    • logging in (with your RPI ID and password),
    • selecting ""
    • and clicking the "subscribe to this list" link. 
  • If you later change your mind, unsubscribing is the same
  • process. 
  • You may want to set up and email filter to put these
  • messages in a separate folder, etc.
energy storage possibilities
Energy storage possibilities
  • Batteries
    • A123
    • Altair Nano
    • RPI’s batteries (those paper ones)
  • Ultracapacitors
    • Maxwell
    • Siemens