BYU students develop Hybrid Racecar [Video]May 24, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Utah’s Brigham Young University is in news again and now it seems they have a winner at their hands. One of their engineering teams has won the first place with their newly designed car, which is fast, very fast and along with that it is a very efficient hybrid racecar.
The car known as Hybrid Blue, built by a group of 16 Undergraduates supervised by BYU’s Dr. Robert Todd. They participated at the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Hybrid challenge, held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this month and they won the first place.
The racecar gives out 100 hp and 450 foot-pounds of torque. The racecar is powered by an E85 fuel-burning which is ethanol based and a 72-volt lithium-polymer battery pack. in 3 seconds it goes from 0 to 60 mph.
The car had to go under mechanical suspension and it competed against 40 other teams from different universities. They had to take part in different events like an endurance run, an autocross event, an endurance run and an agility race. One highlight was that in the 22 km endurance run, not only did they notch up the first place but had fuel left in their tank and 75% of battery power.
Dr. Todd retires after this and this seemed to be a fitting farewell gift as BYU won for the first time since it started its participation from 2009.