MHR-14 Formula Hybrid Competition

Mitutoyo sponsored University of Michigan’s Formula Hybrid car takes 1st place for endurance/dynamic events and 5th place overall. Listed highlights by day:

Monday (4/28)

  • Check into competition
  • Electrical pre-inspection (pass)
  • Mechanical inspection (fail)

Tuesday (4/29):

  • Mechanical inspection (pass, 1st team to pass in the competition)
  • Marketing presentation (3rd place)
  • Design presentation
  • Electrical inspection (fail)

Wednesday (4/30):

  • Tilt Test (pass)
  • Electrical inspection (fail)
  • Missed both acceleration and autocross dynamic events
  • Issue with electrical system was ground fault detection not working reliably; the electrical and controls divisions worked through the night, and rectified this.

Thursday (5/1):

  • Electrical inspection (pass)
  • Rain test (pass)
  • Noise test (pass) – due to our lack of a tachometer, we had to tell the inspector what RPM we were revving at using an oscilloscope; the RPM had to be 8500, and have a maximum dB level of 110. We passed with 110dB.
  • Brake test (pass, 4th try)
  • Endurance event at noon – 22 laps completed, 1st place in the competition

Because no hybrid team was able to run any other dynamic events, their first place finish in the endurance event also scored them first place in all dynamic events. They achieved a 5th place finish overall. The reason for the low placement with such great performance was due to a missed deadline for pre-competition paperwork, for which they suffered a 100 point reduction. Unfortunately, this was the difference between a 1st and 5th place overall finish.

In summary:
1st place endurance/dynamic events
3rd place marketing presentation
5th place overall

MHR-14 Rear Michigan Hybrid Racing MHR-14

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