Dartmouth Formula Racing

DFR Machines

2014 : Shona

2013 : Paula

2012 : Ellie

2011 : Ella

2010 : Penny

2009 : Georgia

2008 : Julie

2008 : Molly

2007 : Sandi

2007 : Tina

2006 : Candi

2006 : El-Myra

2005 : Vicki

2004 : Roxy

2003 : Myra

2002 : Libby

2001 : Stab

2000 : FSAE

1999 : JIT II

1998 : JIT

1997 : Hatch

1996 : Grandma

2006 : El-Myra

The team goal when setting out to build El-Myra was to build the first hybrid car capable of completing a competition modeled on FSAE rules. We select the 2003 Myra chassis (“El-Myra” = “Electric Myra”). Using Myra provided a few key benefits over the previous years hybrid chassis E-STAB: a large rear space to work with, a rear differential, and simplicity of component assembly. The team chose to keep Myra’s drivetrain and suspension. Though we knew this wouldn’t be the best choice for handling, we wanted to focus our resources on getting the hybrid components successfully worked out.

El-Myra employed a series hybrid system. With this system an internal combustion engine is coupled to an electric generator, storing energy in our ultracapacitor banks by way of a custom built DC-DC converter. The electric motor controller then draws the current out of the capacitors, sending it through the electric motor and ultimately applying the torque to the rear drivetrain.

Unfortunately, we never finished integrating all of the power electronic components of El-Myra. She was, however, an impressively fast electric-only vehicle in her prime.