Waterloo Hybrid Cleans the Race Track with a First Place Victory!

trophyWaterloo Hybrid edged out other top university race cars at this year’s Formula Hybrid International Competition taking first place overall, winning another top award and setting a new all-time record in the total number of completed endurance laps (now the record holds 33 laps).

Over 27 teams from as far away as Turkey and India took part in the competition held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at the end of April. The toughest of all of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series, the annual event challenges university students to design an open-wheel, single-seat, electric or hybrid-electric race car.

Besides taking the top award, Waterloo Hybrid came first in the competition’s autocross and endurance events.

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The team would like to thank all of our sponsors because without their support this would not have been possible. Waterloo Hybrid is an incredibly talented team, with some of the most dedicated and passionate students in the University. A big shoutout to the team and to a job well done.  The University of Waterloo has provided great support for Waterloo Hybrid’s endeavors. Waterloo Hybrid is also fortunate to have two dedicated and collaborative advisors Professor Andrew Trivett and Professor Amir Khajepour.

Fueled by the team’s recent victory, Waterloo Hybrid is already thinking about next year’s race car.

“The focus for 2016 will be design and implementing state-of-the-art systems such as hub motors, a new motor controller and more batteries and less fuel.” says Team Lead Rishi Chatterjee.

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Thank you to all who supported Waterloo Hybrid. With this victory, the team shall close a life-changing chapter and open a new one with new goals. Thank you to our sponsors and hope to see everyone back on the track next year!

– Waterloo Hybrid Team

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