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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Formula Hybrid Testing

The car has been out for 4 hard days of testing and a few more quick runs behind our building. The purpose of these tests is to run the car hard so that anything that can break will break here where we can fix it, instead o fin the middle of a real race. The car weighed in at around 500lbs with a full fluids and ready to race tires. With a little care we could weigh in 400's which is somewhat competitive in the non-hybrid races, and unheard of in the hybrid competition. Another benefit to our minimalist hybrid drivetrain is that we might have one of the most powerful engines in this competition. Our drivers have been training for months in one of our older cars while waiting for the new one to be ready to run. We've been tweaking the spring stiffness, anti-roll bar stiffness, tuning the hybrid controller, and checking for sound levels. Ok I have to go now, but here are some videos:

Failing the sound test by 1db, but it's an easy fix

A quick video of us driving on internal combustion engine only. With the electric system entirely shut off it should still be faster than the winner last year.


  1. Still older and still smarterMay 6, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    CONGRATS ON WINNING THE RACE, YOU LITTLE BADASS! I knew you were smart in spite of evidence from when you were three years old and oddly attracted to eating dirt. Now get back here and post some photos of your win!

  2. I'm cuter tooMay 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Jon Jonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn why haven't you updated yet?? I WANT PHOTOS OF THE RACE CAR. STOP BEING A PANSY AND POST SOMETHING. GOD.