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A Race for the Future

Douglas Fraser, a research engineer at Thayer School of Engineering, has been working with a group of students to design and build a formula race car with a hybrid engine. Hybrid engines, popular with the environmental crowd for their fuel efficiency, are the new frontier in student competition, he says.

Since 1981, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has sponsored a Formula SAEĀ® competition for students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. A team from Thayer School has entered every year since 1995. With prodding from Fraser and crew, and with support from the SAE and from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a new Formula Hybrid competition will launch in May 2007.

"This competition has it all - students, a challenging engineering problem, a need for innovation, and immediate real-world applicability," says Joseph Helble, dean of Thayer School.

The Thayer team will compete in the event, which will focus on developing efficient automotive drive trains for hybrid engines.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08