Our Formula Car

Breaking Boundaries

The Formula Hybrid vehicle is a high performance open-wheeled racecar built under a set of stringent constraints and parameters to ensure participant safety, while allowing for student creativity. Our lightweight vehicle design specifications plan for a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 2.9 seconds. With an efficient electric powertrain, this performance will be achieved with zero emissions. Furthermore, this powertrain will allow us to implement a sophisticated vehicle control system featuring a dynamic electronic differential and traction control setup. Ideally, successful implementation of these innovations will lead to their use in mass vehicle production of environmentally-friendly roadcars.

Engineering a hybrid provides an unparalleled interdisciplinary hands-on experience that requires students to innovate across mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering disciplines. Hybrid drivetrains present great challenges. The best solutions often result when engineers work together across boundaries. Engineering companies and several of the world’s major automotive manufacturers support Formula Hybrid due to the high quality of engineers who have learned to work outside of their chosen disciplines.

Technical Specifications

Weight: 599 lb (272 kg)

Powertrain:
Twin Independent 72kW Parker AC in-hub motors
5.4kWh Enerdel LiFePo4 battery pack

Chassis/Aerodynamics:
Chromoly Steel Tubing/Composite hybrid
Carbon Fiber with CNC-milled foamcore support
Capable of 320 lb (145 kg) downforce

Suspension/Brakes:
Four-wheel independent suspension
Bonded carbon fiber A-arms
Wilwood Racing brake calipers
Capable of 2 Gs in braking and cornering

More Innovative Features:
Active Torque Vectoring
Electronic Differential

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