University of Toronto Shootout
Date: Saturday, September 27 2014
The competition began around eight in the morning. And it started with a technical checkup of all the competing teams. We had to make some adjustments to our vehicle, but we passed the checkup without too much trouble. After tech, our first driver was ready to race. We had a great line-up of new and old drivers for our car. Rob, Chris and Ping were excited to test out the car and get some good lap times while Keith and Jake were ready to experience and challenge the new track. Each driver got to drive two practice laps, and then two competing laps.
The first one to hit the track was Rob; his best time was 1 minute and 23 seconds while he ran the car in full hybrid mode. Our second driver Chris was able to achieve a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds after taking a couple cones with him in his practice laps. Next was Ping, who overcame some minor difficulties at the start but finished strong with a time of 1 minute and 26 seconds running full hybrid. Keith was our fourth driver but after his two practice laps we had to take the car for a break, due to the engine being overheated. This gave us a great opportunity to meet some of the other teams and further compare our times with theirs. After a little break Keith had a time of 1 minute and 39 seconds running only the Internal Combustion engine. Last one to hit the track was our team lead, Jake. After two good practice laps, during his last lap he ran into some problems with the car, and unfortunately was not able to finish the race.
At the end of the day we packed up and waited for the Formula SAE winners to be announced. It was a great experience for the whole team. We got to know other university students and also see how our car performs against other Formula SAE cars. For the long run, the performance level of a Formula SAE car combined with the efficiency of our Formula Hybrid car is the benchmark we are striving to attain.