The Formula Hybrid™ competition was incorporated into Lawrence Technological University’s engineering curriculum as a year-long project in 2009–10. The competition provides students a unique opportunity to combine the University’s signature blend of theory and practice with the challenge of a real-world problem: creating a high-performance racing vehicle that is also fuel-efficient. The students design, build, test, and race a Formula hybrid vehicle in competition with other student engineering teams from around the world. Lawrence Tech’s Formula hybrid team is comprised of freshmen through senior students and graduate student advisors. Students from all of the University’s colleges are welcome to participate.
Lawrence Tech's Formula Hybrid team is comprised of freshmen through senior students and graduate student advisors. Students from all of the University's colleges are welcome to participate.
The team was extremely successful in its first competition in 2010. It placed third in class and earned outstanding scores in design review. The vehicle also won General Motors' third-place design award. The 2011 vehicle placed 3rd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and 12th at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The 2012 team seeks to build upon this success by giving stronger emphasis to testing and reducing the weight of the vehicle.