Their test track is the campus of the
University of Vermont. Their car-- built by students from scratch. The UVM race
team isn't part of any class. Its members-- all engineering students-- say they
put in the 60-hour weeks for the hands-on experience.
"The coolest part is the fact
that we built it all and the fact that it handles like nothing I've ever
driven," said Marc Soldini of UVM. "This thing is really fast. It's
the fastest thing I've ever driven."
They say the race car easily hits 100
"We're ripping around campus. We
probably hit 60 or 70 on campus," Soldini said.
But you don't build a race car just to
ride around the quad. The students took their car to compete against 20 other
teams from schools across the country, racing at New Hampshire's NASCAR track.
Oh, and did we mention all these race
cars are hybrids?
For the seventh year, Dartmouth
College's engineering school has attracted major car companies to sponsor the
event. They're just interested in what the teams come up with.
"The technologies that get
developed in competitions like this-- try it out in race cars-- often find
their way to the vehicles that we all end up driving," said Karen Endicott
of Dartmouth College.
And for the first year, two teams'
cars are fully electric. UVM's has a 144-kilowatt electric motor, which is
equivalent to 192P horsepower.
"Tesla already has there electric
cars out. A bunch of electric motorcycles are coming out. So, we think this car
is kind of bridging the gap between these two and really is the future of it--
of racing," said Chris Bilger of Dartmouth College.
Despite how fast these kids say their
electric race cars go, they don't expect to see them here in the NASCAR pits
"Our batteries weigh 200 pounds
and our motor is another 140 pounds-- which is pretty heavy. But as battery
technology improves, racing's definitely going
to shift toward electric," Soldini said.
Students shifting sustainability from
the sidewalks of a college campus to victory lane at the Magic Mile.
The racers competed in
design, acceleration, autocross and endurance. Both UVM and Dartmouth won
events. The two teams say work starts now to build next year's car and make it
go even faster.
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