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Racing into the future

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs
Posted 10/11/06 • Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Students at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering have been working to design and build a formula race car with a hybrid engine, which are popular with the environmental crowd for their fuel efficiency. In the world of student car competitions, hybrid engines are the new frontier.

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

Thayer School students are eager to compete and they look forward to the event.

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